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Waterborne Freight Tonnage
Los Angeles County Ports Ranked

Ocean shipping containers entering Los Angeles Harbor. Los Angeles Almanac Photo.


In 2020, the Port of Los Angeles handled a total of 4,827,040 inbound and 1,531,406 outbound 20-Foot-equivalent shipping containers (TEUs) at its harbor. The Port of Long Beach handled a total of 3,998,340 inbound and 1,475,888 outbound. Los Angeles and Long Beach ranked first and third in the nation, respectively, (New York in second place) for the nation's shipping container traffic. Combined, Los Angeles County ports unloaded 35 percent of all foreign inbound container traffic and 29 percent of all inbound and outbound container traffic, foreign and domestic, for the United States.

Freight Tonnage Among Top Ten U.S. Ports, 2019

Ranked by Short Tons Handled

National Rank Port Total Domestic Foreign Imports Exports
1 Houston, TX 284,944,468 75,193,245 209,751,223 65,561,403 144,189,820
2 South Louisiana, LA 237,956,928 122,336,347 115,620,581 31,571,657 84,048,924
3 New York, NY and NJ 136,575,034 45,324,727 91,250,307 73,522,926 17,727,381
4 Corpus Christi, TX 111,223,976 25,784,719 85,439,257 18,682,254 66,757,003
5 Beaumont, TX 101,089,801 36,912,920 64,176,881 16,500,295 47,676,586
National Rank Port Total Domestic Foreign Imports Exports
6 New Orleans, LA 92,208,560 48,206,231 44,002,329 17,796,400 26,205,929
7 Long Beach, CA 80,693,406 9,510,927 71,182,479 49,227,370 21,955,109
8 Baton Rouge, LA 73,400,104 43,365,873 30,034,231 6,892,872 23,141,359
9 Los Angeles, CA 63,004,373 6,753,635 56,250,738 37,699,191 18,551,547
10 Hampton Roads, VA 61,701,612 4,531,186 57,170,426 12,879,610 44,290,816

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center