There are ports of entry all across the U.S. Learn about the 5 busiest container ports in the United States and their volume. 

The 5 Busiest Container Ports in the United States

There are ports of entry all across the U.S. Learn about the 5 busiest container ports in the United States and their volume.

United States imports are very reliant on the ports which are available. If you are an importer, there is a good chance that your goods land in one of the ports listed. Below is a list of the 5 busiest container ports in the United States.

What is a Port of Entry?

A port of entry is any location where people and goods may enter a country. Activities include clearing cargo, collecting duties, processing passengers, etc. This includes ocean ports and international airports.

The 5 Busiest Container Ports in the United States

Below is a list of the 5 busiest container ports in the United States

  1. The Port of Los Angeles
    Just 25 miles from downtown LA, the Port of Los Angeles is the United States busiest port.

    • 2016 volume: 8.8 million TEUs
    • 2016 cargo value: $272 billion
  2. The Port of Long Beach
    America’s second largest port, also located in California is Long Beach. 90% of shipments traveling through Long Beach are from East Asian trade.

    • 2016 volume: 6.77 million TEUs
    • 2016 cargo value: $180 billion
  3. Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
    The port is the largest on the east coast of the United States and the third largest in the United States.

    • 2016 volume: 3.6 million TEUs
    • 2016 cargo value: $187.7 billion
  4. Port of Seattle & Tacoma
    Located in the Puget Sound region of the United States, these two ports recently merged after years of competition.

    • 2016 volume: 3.6 million TEUs
    • 2014 cargo value: $138.1 billion
  5. Port of Savannah
    The Port of Savannah is the second largest port on the East coast and the fifth largest in the US.

    • 2018 volume: 4.35 million TEUs

These ports provide a location to bring goods in and enter them into the United States. They are always growing to meet the amount of ships bringing goods into the United States. For more information about container ports see our blog post Busiest Container Ports in the World.

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Chase Samuels • October 1, 2019


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