Top 25 North American Ports

Top 25 North American Ports

The JOC Top 25 container ports in North America in 2016 represented 94.8 percent or 40.8 million TEU of the 43.1 million TEU in the total North America outbound and inbound laden container trade. The total volume of these top 25 ports in 2016 increased 3.7 percent year-over-year, failing to match the 6.2 percent growth of all ports in North America.The JOC Top 25 container ports in North America in 2016 represented 94.8 percent or 40.8 million TEU of the 43.1 million TEU in the total North America outbound and inbound laden container trade. The total volume of these top 25 ports in 2016 increased 3.7 percent year-over-year, failing to match the 6.2 percent growth of all ports in North America.

The JOC Top 25 container ports in North America.

Top 25 North American Ports, 2019

Top 25 North American Ports, 2018

Top 25 North American Ports, 2017

Top 25 North American Ports, 2016

Top 25 North American Ports, Inbound, 2015

Top 25 North American Ports, Outbound, 2015

Top 25 North American Ports, Total, Inbound and Outbound, 2015 

Ports of Prince Rupert, Manzanillo lead North America growth in 2014

Top 25 North American Ports, Inbound, 2014

Top 25 North American Ports, Outbound, 2014

Top 25 North American Ports, Outbound and Inbound, 2014

Special Coverage

The six busiest North American ports eked out gains in import market share during 2020 thanks to the surge in inbound container volumes at the biggest gateways.

News & Analysis

10 Dec 2021
Outbound truck spot rates to Chicago from US ports and border entry points are surging, with the biggest increases in eastbound lanes off the West Coast.
10 Jun 2019
The new expanded intermodal rail yard has reopened at the Port of Virginia, doubling capacity for CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern. The port says this means quicker transfers from ships to trains.
05 Jun 2019
The tentative contract agreement between ILWU Canada and BCMEA could open the door for future automation of terminals in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
04 Jun 2019
In an effort to maintain terminal fluidity amid growing cargo volumes, the Port of Charleston’s largest container terminal will open gates to truckers one hour earlier and close them 30 minutes earlier than usual during the week.
03 Jun 2019
With uncertainty surrounding US-Mexico relations, including threats of border shutdowns, tariffs and a Congressional showdown the US-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA-NAFTA 2), shippers are expressing more interest in all-water options to bypass any congestion on the border.
31 May 2019
The Port of Oakland has received the final installment for the funding of its seaport technology program; the go-live dates for the individual projects are more than three years away.
30 May 2019
Operations at the Port of Vancouver will resume at 4:30 p.m. local time thanks to a tentative new labor agreement between the BCMEA and ILWU Canada.
22 May 2019
The Port of Houston is using soon-to-be-signed legislation limiting vessel sizes on its ship channel as motivation to expedite a widening project that will enable 13,000-TEU ships to access the port in four to five years.
17 May 2019
Trucking companies, government agencies, and unions in Vancouver responding to commissioner’s plan for wage hike and rule changes with goal of meeting July 1 implementation deadline and heading off possible labor action.
17 May 2019
Drayage truckers in the Port of New York and New Jersey fear that a proposal to ban trucks with engines aged 1996 and older would make the port uncompetitive.
16 May 2019
Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka tells JOC.com a port-wide trucker appointment system and off-dock chassis storage must be implemented now if the nation's largest port complex is going to avoid terminal congestion and equipment dislocations in the upcoming peak season.
14 May 2019
Officials at the Port of New York and New Jersey say that although the steady increase in vessel sizes and discharge volumes at the port means that 20 percent of all containers are moved on ships of 13,000 TEU or more, the terminals have been able to handle the cargo smoothly.
13 May 2019
The acquisition of two Canadian ports by global terminal operators offers them the chance to apply the resources and relationships built up around the world in service of boosting their cargo volumes in Canada.
10 May 2019
ILWU Canada voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if necessary, but the union and employers have agreed to continuing bargaining until at least the end of May in contract negotiations that have been under way since February 2018.
10 May 2019
Terminal operator GCT Global's $160 million investment in the Vanterm facility is part of a larger effort to keep up with growing demand at the port of Vancouver, which officials expect to reach full utilization within 10 years.
09 May 2019
The first Central American vessel as part of two vessel strings from Seaboard Marine to the US East coast visited Savannah this week, a growing trade lane that has generated a 70 percent increase in imports in Georgia since 2014.
Growth in containerized port volumes in Mexico outpaced those of US Ports in 2018
06 May 2019
Thanks to the country’s strong manufacturing sector and reasonable economic growth, the increase in cargo handled by Mexico’s ports outpaced that of both the US and Canada in 2018.
03 May 2019
Oakland port commissioners set May 13 date to move forward on up to a four-year environmental and construction permit process that will ultimately determine if a controversial baseball stadium is built at Howard Terminal.
02 May 2019
The port of Manzanillo is looking to reduce the waiting time for trucks to get into the port’s three terminals by creating external yards outside the terminals that can store import containers.
02 May 2019
Port of Oakland's proactive approach of meeting regularly with terminals, carriers, truckers, and BCOs to address operational issues early on has helped the Northern California port to avoid the congestion that plagued LA-LB this past year.
30 Apr 2019
The port of Montreal’s primary container terminals are developing programs that will cut turn times by allowing truckers to process container documentation before they arrive at the port in an effort to cope with rising cargo volumes.
30 Apr 2019
Australian banking and investment group Macquarie Infrastructure Partners already has stakes in New Jersey's Maher Terminals at Port Elizabeth and Penn Terminals.
30 Apr 2019
Supply chain stakeholders in the Port of Oakland argue that the development of a new baseball stadium on port property will disrupt trucking and rail operations, potentially bringing the port to “gridlock.”
26 Apr 2019
The Port of Oakland is working with the city on a truck traffic plan that seeks to mitigate impact of growing container volumes and logistics developments on nearby neighborhoods.
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC
26 Mar 2019
Turloch Mooney, senior editor, global ports, JOC, discusses his findings on how the increase in average vessel and call s
05 Feb 2019
The announcement, made Tuesday at the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference, comes amid increased carrier interest in Savannah’s plan to expand its intermodal capacity to enable goods to reach inland destinations such as Memphis and Chicago at least two days faster than now.
Port of Los Angeles.
30 Jan 2019
Container and chassis dwell times in Los Angeles-Long Beach edged lower in December.
Port of Long Beach.
28 Jan 2019
The ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland are investing billions in physical infrastructure, digitization, and process improvements to relieve congestion and speed container transport.
Port of New York and New Jersey.
25 Jan 2019
High cargo volume at the Port of New York and New Jersey and shortened workweeks due to the holidays have prompted the call for Saturday hours.
The Port of Los Angeles.
25 Jan 2019
Mega-ships and California environmental regulatory pressure is pushing APM Terminals to automate 100 acres of its Los Angeles facility.
Infographic: LA-LB port pain points
25 Jan 2019
With 12 container terminals handling more than 16 million TEU per year, including 30,000 gate moves per day, Los Angeles-Long Beach is the nation's most complex port environment.
Trans-Pacific shippers' 2019 outlook
23 Jan 2019
The annual survey of shipper views on the most important issues in the trans-Pacific trade.
Port of Vancouver, Canada.
18 Jan 2019
For the new fee, the port promises timelier inspections and fewer detention and demurrage charges.
Port of Los Angeles.
17 Jan 2019
The cause of the extreme gridlock at Los Angeles-Long Beach is manifold.
Chassis stacked.
11 Jan 2019
Chassis supplies are low at the Port of New York and New Jersey due to high cargo volumes and chassis dwell times.
Port of Los Angeles.
09 Jan 2019
Competitors demonstrate that West Coast ports need to efficiently transfer containers to trucks and trains, as well ship-to-port, to retain shipper business.

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