Fun Facts on Freight in the United States

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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.

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Top 10 busiest ports in United States

  1. Port of Long Beach, Los Angeles
  2. Port of New York, New York
  3. Port of Savannah, Georgia
  4. Port of Seattle, Washington
  5. Port of Norfolk, Virginia
  6. Port of Houston, Texas
  7. Port of Oakland, California
  8. Port of Charleston, South Carolina
  9. Port of Tacoma, Washington
  10. 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.

StateTop ExportTop Import
AlabamaAutomobile partsCrude oil
AlaskaZincPetrol
ArizonaAirplane partsElectronics
ArkansasAirplane partsAircraft parts
CaliforniaAirplane partsCars
ColoradoBeefCrude oil
ConnecticutAirplane partsCars
DelawareMedicinesMedicines
District of ColumbiaRadar ApparatusCars
FloridaGoldCrude oil
GeorgiaAirplane partsCars
HawaiiAirplane partsCrude oil
IdahoMemory ChipsMemory chips
IllinoisPetroleumCrude oil
IndianaMedicineChemicals
IowaTractorsCrude oil
KansasAirplane partsAircraft
KentuckyAirplane partsEngine parts
LouisianaPetroleumCrude oil
MaineLobstersCrude oil
MarylandTransportation equipmentMedicines
MassachusettsGoldCrude oil
MichiganTransportation equipmentCars
MinnesotaMedical equipmentCrude oil
MississippiPetroleumCrude oil
MissouriTransportation equipmentEngines
MontanaCoalCrude oil
NebraskaCombine harvestersCattle
NevadaGoldChemicals
New HampshireCrude oilCars and Engine parts
New JerseyPetroleumMedicines
New MexicoElectronic processors-
New YorkDiamondsDiamonds
North CarolinaAirplane partsLaptops
North DakotaCrude oilSeeds
OhioAirplane partsCrude oil
OklahomaAirplane partsCrude oil
OregonElectronic processorsCars
PennsylvaniaCoalCrude oil
Rhode IslandPrecious metal scrapsCrude oil
South CarolinaAutomobile equipmentAircraft
South DakotaSoybeanBeef
TennesseeMedical equipmentsLaptops
TexasPetroleumCrude oil
UtahGoldGold
VermontElectronic processors-
VirginiaMemory chipsPrinter parts
WashingtonAirplane partsCrude oil
West VirginiaCoalPolyester
WisconsinDerrick equipmentSweaters
WyomingChemicalsCrude 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.

StateNumber of Freight Forwarders in each state
Alabama76
Alaska53
Arizona164
Arkansas45
California2507
Colorado122
Connecticut54
Delaware26
District of Columbia19
Florida1982
Georgia467
Hawaii89
Idaho24
Illinois748
Indiana137
Iowa43
Kansas35
Kentucky106
Louisiana85
Maine12
Maryland166
Massachusetts215
Michigan189
Minnesota139
Mississippi39
Missouri151
Montana13
Nebraska25
Nevada84
New Hampshire19
New Jersey619
New Mexico25
New York1237
North Carolina234
North Dakota17
Ohio243
Oklahoma53
Oregon113
Pennsylvania275
Rhode Island16
South Carolina114
South Dakota13
Tennessee158
Texas1984
Utah71
Vermont19
Virginia209
Washington239
West Virginia17
Wisconsin107
Wyoming12

 

 

Sources:

thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/319781-top-imports-exports-by-state
thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/319781-top-imports-exports-by-state
http://www.manta.com/mb_35_B52DB05K_000/freight_forwarding

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