Waterborne Commerce Facts
In-transit (commerce with a foreign origin and a foreign destination) waterborne commerce
of 37.4 million short tons used 76 different U.S. ports in 2001.
- Over 94% and 38% of all foreign traffic in 2001 for Portland, ME, and Brownsville, TX,
respectively, were in-transit.
- Crude petroleum comprised 59.1% of U.S. waterborne in-transits, while food and farm
products ranked second with 11.6%, based on weight in 2001.
- The top five U.S. ports ranked by dollar value of foreign traffic for calendar year 2001 were:
Los Angeles, CA; Long Beach, CA; New York/New Jersey, NY and NJ; Houston, TX; and
- In 2001, 7.4% of all U.S. waterborne commerce by weight was containerized (1.9% of domestic and 11.8% of foreign).
- The Consolidated Port of Hampton Roads exported the largest volume of coal in the U.S.,
17.6 million short tons in 2001, down 19.0% from 2000.
- The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation reported 30.3 million metric tons
(33.4 million short tons) moving on the St. Lawrence Seaway in 2001, a 15% decrease
- Inland waterways carry massive amounts of bulk freight, about 15 percent of the nation's
freight by volume.
- A fully loaded barge with 1500 tons is the equivalent of taking 58 trucks off the highways.
So the 620 million tons of cargo on inland and intracoastal waterways is the equivalent of taking 24 million trucks off U.S. highways.
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