The top 10 metropolitan port complexes in the US

Having imported goods of value more than $4 trillion in the year 2014, the US has become the world’s 2nd largest trader in the world. These goods are handled through airports, border facilities, and majorly the seaports. The biggest metropolitan ports are representative of the US international connections, geographies and modal specialties.

Let’s take a look at the top 10 port complexes that are spread across the United States!

 Chicago, Joliet, Naperville

Chicago is a major base of production in the US. And this is due to the close proximity of its port facilities to warehouses, rail lines and factories.

 San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont

While the Bay region is most popular for being the hub of technology, it is also home to some of the biggest ports. The San Fransico Port and the Oakland Port- both are responsible for handling the majority of water transit

 2000px-map_of_seattle-tacoma-bellevue_msa_and_seattle-tacoma-olympia_csa-svgSeattle, Tacoma-, Bellevue

In the Seattle region, the Port of Seattle and the Tacoma Port play an important role in the transportation of goods all through the Pacific Northwest and the remaining country.

 Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach

With access to Latin America, Miami serves as one the primary gateways in the US. The Port of Miami plays an important role in this aspect.

 Laredo, Texas

Even though it’s small, this ‘Gateway City’ is one of the most vital regions in the Texas state. The NAFTA superhighway is responsible for the handling of more than 50% of the US-Mexican goods trade.

Anchorage, Alaska

The Anchorage is responsible for connecting US with the Pacific market. The Ted Stevens Airport continues to be the hub for the Northwest Airlines cargo transportation.

Houston, Sugar Land, Baytown

Being the center for energy production in the Houston metro area, the Houston metropolitan region and the Gulf Coast are dependent on seaports for the transportation of related goods. The Port Houston plays a major role in this trade.

 Detroit, Warren, Livonia

One of the busiest commercial sites in the US, the Detroit Metro region is home to number of freight transit facilities like the Port of Detroit. Every year, more than $176 billion worth of goods are transported via the Ambassador Bridge.

 New York, Northern New Jersey, Long Island

Spanning over myriad marine facilities, the New York Port and the New Jersey Port make the New York’s metro areas the primary seaport complex in the United States. Rivalling the worth of goods that pass through these ports, is the Kennedy International Airport with over $163 billion goods value.hopscotch-pavilion1

Los Angeles- Long Beach- Santa Ana

Home to the largest sea ports in the Western Hemisphere, namely the Los Angeles Port and the
Long Beach Port- the Los Angeles metro area facilitates the movement of a wide range of international goods. It also boasts one of the busiest cargo airports- LAX (Los Angeles International Airport).


Hello there! Did you know, that a port is used to define a point on a coast or a shore that contains harbors to dock? These ships are used for the transportation of cargo and people one from one destination to the other. The locations for major seaports across the world have been carefully selected so that the access to navigable water and land are optimized.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *