Geographic Distribution of
U.S. Waterborne Activities in 20001 -- Revised 04 Nov 2002

  Coastal2 Great Lakes Inland3 Total4
Number of Ports Handling        
   Over 250,000 Short Tons 118 53 26 197
Domestic Traffic        
   Short Tons (millions) 226.9 114.4 628.4 1,069.8
   Ton-miles (billions) 283.9 57.0 302.6 645.8
   Average Haul (miles) 1,250.9 506.1 481.4 603.7
Foreign Traffic5        
   Short Tons (millions) 1,290.7 64.0 N/A 1,354.8
   Ton-miles (billions) 79.0 38.6 N/A 117.6
   Average Haul (miles) 61.2 603.0 N/A 86.8

1. Beginning with calendar year 2000, foreign waterborne import, export and in-transit cargo statistics are derived primarily from the manifest-based Port Import Export Reporting Service, a division of the Journal of Commerce.
2. All deep draft (over 12 feet) except Great Lakes and the Columbia River.
3. N/A denotes tonnage not applicable.
4. Domestic Total includes local traffic of 94.6 million short tons, 1.5 billion ton-miles, 15.8 miles average haul and intra-territory traffic of 5.5 million short tons. Ton-miles are not compiled for intra-territory traffic. Total may not equal column sum due to rounding.
5. Ton-miles and Average Haul for Coastal ports are based on the distance transported on U.S. waterways from entrance channels to ports and waterways; and for Great Lakes ports are based on the distance transported on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River to the International Boundary at St. Regis, Quebec, Canada.

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