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

Several ILA officials threw a surprise curve ball in a pre-negotiation meeting with United States Maritime Alliance, proposing a one-day coastwide work stoppage and Washington march against “government interference” in longshore hiring.

News & Analysis

29 Mar 2017
World's largest retailer plans to build a $135 million import distribution center.
10 May 2016
Port Panama City plans to develop a breakbulk forest products terminal on a newly acquired waterfront tract at the U.S. Gulf Coast port on the Florida panhandle.
05 May 2016
JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett joins APM Terminals Head of Pricing and Strategy Jeremy Ford at the 16th TPM Conference in Long Beach to discuss the rate of growth in ship sizes and APMT’s strategy for coping with these vessels and the operational challenges of vessel-sharing agreements. The duo also discuss APMT’s efforts to breed efficiency beyond the waterfront and throughout the rest of the supply chain.
03 May 2016
The West Coast ports’ share of Asia imports heading into the United States was shrinking even before congestion nearly paralyzed ports from Long Beach to Seattle last year.
01 May 2016
Ports will have to compete for business as never before over the next decade, Port of Long Beach CEO Jon Slangerup said.
28 Apr 2016
The Port of Houston has announced how it will handle the SOLAS verified gross mass rule.

Commentary

The reaction of shippers to West Coast longshore labor disruption is evolving in such a way that West Coast ports have reason for concern.