The Busiest Container Ports in the United States
Ranking the Largest & Busiest US Container Ports
The flow of container ships in and out of ports ensures Americans have a steady stream of the goods they need (pharmaceutical goods, technology and food) and want (furniture, clothing, kitchenware). Some of the largest and most critical container ports are located in the United States. On this week’s East Coast Containers blog series, we’re going to focus on the 10 busiest container ports in the US. These hubs contribute significantly to the country’s economy, while also supporting and facilitating global trade.
Top 10 United States Container Ports
- Port of Los Angeles, California: Also known as America’s Port, this is the busiest port in the United States for 20 years in a row!
- Port of Long Beach, California: This port has 22 shipping terminals and serves 175 shipping lines with connections to 217 seaports worldwide.
- Port of New York & New Jersey: The largest port on the East Coast, it serves all the world’s major ocean carriers and global alliances.
- Port of Savannah, Georgia: This container port hosts the largest single-terminal container facility in North America.
- The Northwest Seaport Alliance (Seattle & Tacoma): Established in 2015, the port has handled a total of 3,320,379TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) in 2020 alone!
- Port Houston: Offering jobs to 3.2 million people, it is the nation’s largest port for waterborne tonnage and the largest container port in the US Coast Gulf.
- Port of Virginia: Hosting the largest intermodal rail port on the east coast, it handled more than 2.8 million TEU in 2020.
- Port of Oakland, California: This port moves more than 99% of containerized goods from Northern California and serves a local market of 14.5 million consumers.
- South Carolina Ports: Port operations create 1 in 10 jobs in South Carolina and generates $63.4 billion economic impact in the state yearly.
- Port Miami, Florida: Although this is the 10th busiest container port on our list, it contributes $43 billion annually to Florida’s economy.
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