In 2020, only 8.3 million motor vehicles were imported to the
United States, down about 1.4 million (14 percent) from 9.7 million in 2019.
Remarkably, 2020 saw both a record low of 244,514 motor vehicles imported in May and a high of 954,951 motor vehicles imported in October. Only 22 of the top U.S. ports have observed Roll-on/Roll-off (Ro/Ro) vessel calls.
As shown in the figure below, average Ro/Ro vessel dwell times at these top ports was estimated at 23.0 hours in 2020, up almost two hours from 21.0 hours in 2019. In 2020, there were 3,577 observed Ro/Ro vessel calls, down slightly from 3,815 in 2019. In the first half of 2021, average Ro/Ro vessel dwell time decreased to 23.8 hours. The ports had 1,799 observed vessel calls during the same period in 2021.
Average Ro/Ro vessel dwell times for
individual ports are shown in the online Port Profiles