Top 25 North American Ports

Top 25 North American Ports

Overall North American trade totaled 39 million laden 20-foot-equivalent units in 2013, led by U.S. ports with 30.8 million TEUs. Canadian ports accounted for 11.8 percent of the market, and Mexican ports 9.2 percent.

Five U.S. ports or groups of ports led the way in total trade growth among North American ports in 2013: Tacoma, Long Beach, Virginia, the Delaware River ports and the North Carolina ports. This marked a substantial change from 2012, when the Mexican port of Lazaro Cardenas and the Canadian port of Prince Rupert led the way with double-digit gains.

Special Coverage

JOC Top 25 North American Ports in 2013: Imports
What a difference a year makes. In 2012, Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, dominated other JOC Top 25 North American container ports, with double-digit growth in exports, imports and total trade. The story was much different in 2013.

News & Analysis

17 Oct 2014
Congestion-caused delays at the largest U.S. port complex are pushing up outbound spot market truck rates from the Los Angeles-Long Beach market to inland distribution points.
12 Oct 2014
APM Terminals expects its new deep-water terminal at the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas to become operational in the first half of 2016, allowing it to handle larger container ships and boosting its capacity, according to a recent update from the terminal operator.
Ships at port
02 Oct 2014
Low ocean carrier rates are to blame for much of the congestion afflicting U.S. container ports, several ocean carriers and terminal operators said at a Federal MaritimeCommission hearing this week.
Halifax was the only major Canadian port to show a decline in volume in the first half of 2014.
19 Aug 2014
The Association of Canadian Port Authorities is warning Canadian policymakers that inadequate development of port infrastructure could hinder the country from taking full advantage of its growing international trade.
07 Aug 2014
TSI Terminal Systems, the largest operator of container terminals at Port Metro Vancouver, says it will continue to accept U.S.-bound rail cargo at the Canadian port despite another terminal operator’s announcement that it will turn down U.S.-inbound rail shipments.
Gerald Desmond Bridge in Port of Long Beach
15 Jul 2014
The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a fiscal year 2014-15 budget that calls for $579 million in capital expenditures, including replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge and redevelopment of the Middle Harbor container terminal.


The Panama Canal expansion has triggered some serious consideration about a port’s place in the new world order of larger ships and the place of its neighbor(s).