NOEP presents the Ports and Cargo section because Seaports
are an important part of the ocean and coastal economies. Whether
people live inland or along the coast, they are dependent on US ports
and maintaining healthy coasts that support them:
- Nearly all of the country’s overseas cargo moves through
them: 99.4% by weight and 64.1 percent by value.
- Over $4.2 billion worth of foreign trade goods moved in
and out of U.S. seaports each day of 2015.
- 1.4 billion tons of import/export cargo move annually.
- Seaports support employment of > 23 million people in the U.S. *
- Port activities generate $4.6 trillion in economic activity annually. *
- Every $1 billion in exports shipped though seaports, creates
15,000 U.S. jobs. **
Ports provide multiple services to the public: they are the nexus for
business transactions for imported and exported goods; they serve as
environmental stewards of our coastlines, spending millions of dollars
annually to minimize impacts of port operations on their surrounding
communities and natural resources; and they serve as local economic engines,
generating jobs and opportunities that allow businesses to flourish.
***In 2010, 7,579 oceangoing vessels made 62,747 calls at U.S. ports.
Of the 2010 calls,
- 35 percent were by tankers carrying oil and gas used to power our
cars and heat our homes,
- 31 percent were by containerships carrying general export and
import cargo for markets around the U.S. and the world,
- 17 percent were by dry bulk vessels carrying iron, coal and grain
- 9 percent were by roll-on roll-off vessels carrying vehicles for
import and export, and
- 6 percent were by general cargo ships.