Gulf Coast

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.

News & Analysis

Port of New Orleans container yard
17 Feb 2015
Port of New Orleans CEO Gary LaGrange says new services from Chiquita and CMA CGM, prospects for additional services this year, and a strengthening U.S. economy make him confident the port will exceed its 2014 record volume of 490,526 TEUs, including empties, which was up 8.8 percent year-over-year.
13 Feb 2015
President Obama’s proposal to restore U.S.-Cuba diplomatic trade relations has kindled interest in increased shipments between the nations, and is raising hopes among Gulf ports and shippers that a new market could develop almost in their front yard.
12 Feb 2015
Texas and Louisiana ports believe they’re still early in what they expect to be an extended boom in exports of chemical products produced in the region with cheap U.S. natural gas.
Port of New Orleans
03 Feb 2015
The Port of New Orleans reported an 8.8 percent increase in container volume in 2014 and said it expects additional gains this year from the new carrier services.
15 Dec 2014
A surge in import traffic has led the Port of Houston Authority to extend its container terminal operating hours.
10 Oct 2014
With an eye toward the 2016 expansion of the Panama Canal, Houston and other Gulf of Mexico ports are investing to expand their capacity to handle the larger ships that will transit the canal’s new locks.

Commentary

The United States needs better and more sustainable discretionary grant programs in order to fund innovative transportation investments across modes. Here are 10 possible improvements to the process.

Video

Roger Guenther, executive director, Port of Houston Authority, discusses trade lane growth, specifically with Asia and South America, the renaissance in the energy sector, and planning for future expansions at the port.