Maritime transport is usually prefered to carry large and heavy pieces of cargo, such as oversized units of marble and granite, on long distance in lower cost than air transport. In the US, the major gateways for finished marble and granite cargo are ports. Which were the ones with the largest import value of finished marble and granite in 2018 and what is their share of the total import value via sea ports?
The 10 busiest US ports by finished marble and granite import value in 2018 are mentioned at the table below. Newark port in New Jersey is on top of the list, holding a 22.60% share of the total finished marble value of imports in the US via ports and a 14.80% share of total finished granite import value. It is the largest and busiest US east coast port in volume of goods moved and the nation’s third busiest, after Los Angeles and Long Beach in California. One-third of the cargo arriving on the East Coast—more than 4.1 million shipping containers annually—enters at the docks, which stretch for more than 2,000 contiguous acres.
Los Angeles California and Houston Texas ports come in the second and third place, respectively. 17.27% of the total finished marble import value and 15.54% of the total finished granite import value entered the US via Los Angeles port in 2018, the nation’s largest, occupying 7,500 acres of land, handling more than 9.45 million TEUs just in 2018-according to LA port official container statistics- and welcoming the majority of Transpacific trade. Houston, Texas, on the other hand, is the country’s No. 1 region for exports and the No. 1 U.S. port in foreign waterborne tonnage, handling 10.73% and 16.73% of total finished marble and granite import value respectively in 2018.