The waterway system in United States is comprised of 145 ports. Each of the ports regulates sea traffic significantly and handles more than 1 MMT (million metric tonne) cargo on annual basis. In contrast to the minor ports, major seaports handle more than 900 MMT cargos annually.
Seaports and sea routes are very crucial to the economy of United States. According to a report, $1.5 trillion worth of cargo was transported through U.S. Maritime Transportation system.
In addition to that, the coastal regions in United States alone constitute to 45% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Moreover, because of the heavy seaport traffic and ongoing business activities coastal regions provide jobs to approximately three million people in the country.
Top 10 busiest ports in United States
- Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles
- Port of New York, New York
- Port of Savannah, Georgia
- Port of Seattle, Washington
- Port of Norfolk, Virginia
- Port of Houston, Texas
- Port of Oakland, California
- Port of Charleston, South Carolina
- Port of Tacoma, Washington
- Port Everglades, Florida
Imports and Exports by State
From the data, it is quite evident that United States in the biggest manufacturer and importer or aircrafts and machinery products. The top imported product to United States is Petroleum fuel or Crude Oil. The top imported and exported products of each state are mentioned in the table below.
|State||Top Export||Top Import|
|Alabama||Automobile parts||Crude oil|
|Arkansas||Airplane parts||Aircraft parts|
|District of Columbia||Radar Apparatus||Cars|
|Hawaii||Airplane parts||Crude oil|
|Idaho||Memory Chips||Memory chips|
|Kentucky||Airplane parts||Engine parts|
|Minnesota||Medical equipment||Crude oil|
|New Hampshire||Crude oil||Cars and Engine parts|
|New Mexico||Electronic processors||-|
|North Carolina||Airplane parts||Laptops|
|North Dakota||Crude oil||Seeds|
|Ohio||Airplane parts||Crude oil|
|Oklahoma||Airplane parts||Crude oil|
|Rhode Island||Precious metal scraps||Crude oil|
|South Carolina||Automobile equipment||Aircraft|
|Virginia||Memory chips||Printer parts|
|Washington||Airplane parts||Crude oil|
Top State Exports (2015)
Top State Imports (2015)
Number of Freight Forwarders in Each State
The logistics industry in United States is experiencing a continuous growth at an exponential rate. The primary reason for the growth observed in the industry is the introduction of new and innovative technologies in the sector.
Read more about the emerging technologies that are shaping the future of logistics industry over here.
Here is a list of all the freight companies operated in each state. It is evident from the statistics that the coastal regions and metropolitan cities have more freight and cargo transporters.
|State||Number of Freight Forwarders in each state|
|District of Columbia||19|