A Look at the Top 10 Container Ports in the U.S.

The National Retail Federation predicted that November 2015 had an 8.3% increase in imports year-over-year, as reported by the Journal of Commerce. While the U.S. has been on a bit of a rollercoaster with congestion and hiccups, the industry is faring well overall.

And as U.S. ports are an important piece of the global supply chain, Inbound Logistics magazine provided a breakdown of where the top ports stand — check it out below.


1. Port of Los Angeles
The 6 percent year-over-year growth hasn’t been without a few ups and downs. Even with delays, ramp closures and implementing solar projects and water conservation efforts, the Port of Los Angeles still has 4,429,914 inbound and 3,910,151 outbound TEUs.

2. Port of Long Beach
Although the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports are a few miles away, they have drastically different trade partners, imports and exports. Fresh off the best October in eight years, it’s clear these California ports are here to stay at the top.

3. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
The U.S. top east coast port’s primary trade partners are European, but China, India and South Korea also have a notable presence. The notable year-over-year growth of 5.6% could be a continuing trend as the agency looks to hire a new CEO in December.

4. Port of Seattle & Tacoma
Back on the west coast, year-over-year growth declined 0.2 percent in Washington, but out of all ports on this list, this had the largest number of domestic (Alaska and Hawaii) TEUs. A new report released shows the recently formed North West Seaport Alliance needs approximately $1 billion to become competitive.

Click here to see the rest of the top U.S. container ports on Inbound Logistics magazine’s website.

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