Container / TEU

The following figure shows the total volume of imports, exports, and domestic freight handled by each of the top 25 container ports by twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) from 2015 to 2020. The Nation's container ports are located along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts. 
The top 25 container ports handled a total of 39.8 million TEU, accounting for 96.5 percent of the loaded TEU handled by all U.S. container ports.[1] The container ports with the highest TEU volumes were coastal container ports, such as the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York and New Jersey.[2] The 2020 top container port was the port of Los Angeles, California.

[1] Based upon container port list published by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center ranked by loaded domestic and foreign TEU. Container TEU does not include foreign empties.
[2] U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, based upon 2020 data, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center, special tabulation as of December 2021.