Gulf Coast

A transformation has taken place at U.S. ports along Gulf of Mexico. Those devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 were forced to rebuild. Gulfport’s work is not yet finished. The Great Recession further impacted the region’s economy. The new bigger locks the Panama Canal offer hope for a resurgence of shipping activity along the U.S. Gulf Coast as ports gear up for new trade from Asia. While some ports are building container volumes in north-south trade and on routes to and from Europe, the Mediterranean, Mideast and Africa, others are targeting growth in breakbulk cargoes, and one port — Corpus Christi — is poised to see explosive growth in energy-based exports. With billions of dollars of agriculture products, pharmaceuticals and manufactured goods crossing the U.S. border with Mexico each year, logistics companies and railroads are looking at ways to ease and expand the flow of trade with the U.S.’s southern neighbor. This page includes information about the ports along the U.S. Gulf Coast, the region’s infrastructure projects, its trade and company supply chains.

Special Coverage

US Gulf ports are angling for a share of the increased exports, and shippers of cotton and other commodities worry resins will absorb limited container and ship capacity.

News & Analysis

20 Jul 2017
Port Houston's Roger Guenther on 2016 context, expectations for 2017, resin market impact and $1.3 billion infrastructure investments plans.
13 Jun 2016
U.S. Gulf Coast ports handled 8.2 percent or 2.6 million twenty-foot-equivalent units of the total 31.9 million laden TEUs in the U.S. container trade in 2015.
12 Jun 2016
The Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, is riding a wave of bulk and project cargo with a common theme: the energy industry.
U.S. exports of polyethylene to Latin America are expected to jump.
08 Jun 2016
Latin America’s demand for polyethylene, the key raw material for plastics production, is forecast to rise sharply.
05 Jun 2016
The June 26 opening of the Panama Canal's expanded locks is an event U.S. Gulf ports have been preparing for.
31 May 2016
China Cosco Shipping and Hanjin Shipping have added a call at the Port of Mobile, Alabama.

Commentary

Vessel capacity remains the overriding concern about whether the Port of Houston will be able to handle the wave of plastic resins exports that will add half a million TEU annually to export volumes within a few years. 

Video



Port Houston's Roger Guenther on 2016 context, expectations for 2017, resin market impact and $1.3 billion infrastructure investments plans.