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Top 25 Foreign-Trade Freight Gateways by Value: 2011 Map

U.S. map showing that the top international gateways include the Port of Seattle, San Francisco International Airport, Port of Oakland, Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Los Angeles International Airport, Anchorage International Airport, El Paso Border Crossing, Dallas-Fort Worth Airports, Laredo Border Crossing, Port of Houston, Port of New Orleans, Memphis/New Orleans Airports, Chicago Airports, Detroit Bridges, Port of Huron Bridges, Cleveland/Louisville Airports, Miami International Airport, Port of Savannah, Port of Charleston, Port of Norfolk, Port of Baltimore, JFK International Airport, Port of New York, and Buffalo-Niagara Bridges.

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All data: Trade levels reflect the mode of transportation as a shipment enters or exits at a border port. Flows through individual ports are based on reported data collected from U.S. trade documents. Trade does not include low-value shipments. (In general, these are imports valued at less than $1,250 and exports that are valued at less than $2,500). Air: Data for all air gateways include a low level (generally less than 2%-3% of the total value) of small user-fee airports located in the same region. Air gateways not identified by airport name (e.g., Chicago, IL, and others) include major airport(s) in that geographic area in addition to small regional airports. In addition, due to U.S. Census Bureau confidentiality regulations, data for courier operations are included in the airport totals for JFK International Airport, Cleveland, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Anchorage. To further protect data for individual couriers, data for Memphis is included with New Orleans and data for Louisville is included with Cleveland.


Air: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division, special tabulation, October 2012; Water: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Institute for Water Resources, special tabulation, October 2012; Land: U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, North American TransBorder Freight Data, special tabulation, available at as of October 2012; as reported in U.S. Department of Transportation, Bureau of Transportation Statistics, National Transportation Statistics, available at as of October 8, 2013.

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