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Table 3-24: Top 50 U.S. Foreign Trade Freight Gateways: 2013

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(Ranked by   value of shipments in billions of dollars)

Gateway1 Mode Rank Exports Imports Total
Los Angeles, CA Water 1 42.6 170.2 212.9
New York, NY Water 2 52.4 149.5 201.9
John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY Air 3 96.4 93.4 189.7
Long Beach, CA Water 4 37.3 143.6 180.9
Laredo, TX Land 5 82.4 91.6 174.0
Houston, TX Water 6 93.1 74.4 167.5
Detroit, MI Land 7 64.0 58.9 122.9
Chicago, IL Air 8 38.9 83.3 122.2
Los Angeles International Airport, CA Air 9 41.8 45.8 87.6
Port Huron, MI Land 10 40.2 41.6 81.8
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Land 11 43.4 37.5 80.9
Norfolk, VA Water 12 33.8 37.5 71.3
Savannah, GA Water 13 27.8 43.3 71.1
New Orleans, LA Air 14 26.3 41.9 68.2
Miami International Airport, FL Air 15 39.6 27.8 67.4
Charleston, SC Water 16 24.4 40.7 65.2
El Paso, TX Land 17 30.3 34.0 64.2
Baltimore, MD Water 18 20.9 31.8 52.7
San Francisco International Airport, CA Air 19 28.1 23.0 51.1
Tacoma, WA Water 20 11.6 39.4 51.0
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX Air 21 17.4 32.6 50.0
Oakland, CA Water 22 19.9 27.5 47.4
Cleveland, OH Air 23 25.7 18.1 43.8
Anchorage, AK Air 24 9.5 31.5 41.0
New Orleans, LA Water 25 24.0 15.3 39.3
Otay Mesa, CA Land 26 13.1 22.9 36.0
Atlanta, GA Air 27 12.8 21.9 34.7
Beaumont, TX Water 28 6.6 25.9 32.6
Nogales, AZ Land 29 10.3 17.4 27.7
Hidalgo, TX Land 30 10.7 16.6 27.3
Seattle, WA Water 31 7.4 19.6 27.0
Pembina, ND Land 32 17.0 9.9 26.9
Miami, FL Water 33 11.1 14.7 25.8
Corpus Christi, TX Water 34 10.9 14.7 25.6
Morgan City, LA Water 35 2.1 22.1 24.2
Port Everglades, FL Water 36 13.5 10.4 23.9
Jacksonville, FL Water 37 12.3 11.2 23.5
Gramercy, LA Water 38 14.5 8.1 22.6
Champlain-Rouses Point, NY Land 39 9.3 12.5 21.9
Texas City, TX Water 40 9.6 12.0 21.7
Eagle Pass, TX Land 41 7.1 14.3 21.4
Blaine, WA Land 42 13.0 8.0 21.0
Philadelphia, PA Water 43 2.8 17.0 19.8
Portal, ND Land 44 12.3 7.1 19.4
Lake Charles, LA Water 45 5.8 13.4 19.2
Brunswick, GA Water 46 5.0 14.2 19.2
Port Arthur, TX Water 47 7.9 10.7 18.6
Santa Teresa, NM Land 48 8.3 10.2 18.6
Sweetgrass, MT Land 49 9.9 7.3 17.2
Houston Intercontinental Airport, TX Air 50 9.5 7.6 17.1
Total top 50 gateways     1,214.6 1,784.0 2,998.6

1Gateway is any port, airport, or border crossing that provides access for the import or export of goods.

NOTES: All data: Trade levels reflect the mode of transportation as a shipment enters or exits at a border port. Flows through individual ports are based on reported data collected from U.S. trade documents. Trade does not include low-value shipments. (In general, these are imports valued at less than $1,250 and exports that are valued at less than $2,500). Air: Data for all air gateways include a low level (generally less than 2%-3% of the total value) of small user-fee airports located in the same region. Air gateways not identified by airport name (e.g., Chicago, IL, and others) include major airport(s) in that geographic area in addition to small regional airports. In addition, due to U.S. Census Bureau confidentiality regulations, data for courier operations are included in the airport totals for JFK International Airport, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Anchorage, and Cleveland.

SOURCES: Air-U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, USA Trade Online, available at www.usatradeonline.gov as of November 2014. Land-U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Transborder Freight Data available at transborder.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder as of March 2015. Water-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Navigation Data Center, personal communication as of March 2015.

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017