The Port of Baltimore has a vital role in Maryland's economic development, generating almost $1.3 billion in economic benefits and supporting 87,000 jobs. Closer to the Midwest than any other East Coast port, the Port in Baltimore City is within an overnight drive of one-third of the nation's population. It serves over 50 ocean carriers making nearly 2,100 annual visits. The Port's container capacity increased by 50% with the opening in 1990 of Seagirt Marine Terminal, a 260-acre center for automated cargo-handling. General cargo moving through the State's five marine terminals in 1994 increased dramatically to 6,329,079 short tons, up 16.9 % from 1993.

In 1994, all major cargo categories - containers; automobiles, steel, farm and construction equipment, wood pulp, and other breakbulk commodities; and project cargoes, such as prefabricated buildings - recorded strong growth. Containerized cargo exports totaled 2.4 million short tons, and imports totaled 2.3 million short tons.

The center of international commerce for the region is the World Trade Center-Baltimore. It houses the Maryland Port Administration and U.S. headquarters for several major shipping lines.

Chief Exports: coal, corn, soybeans, lignite, coal coke, petroleum, and fuel oils.

Chief Imports: automobiles and small trucks, iron ore, petroleum products, gypsum, sugar, cement, bauxite, salt, crude mineral substances, fertilizer and fertilizer materials, and ferroalloys. Baltimore also continues to grow as a major distributor of imported wood pulp and paper.

Maryland at a Glance

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