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.

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News & Analysis

14 Oct 2016
Hanjin Shipping’s failure put a noticeable dent in US import volumes.
27 Jul 2016
Linea Peninsular has added a weekly container service to Port Tampa Bay.
27 Jul 2016
The Port of Houston’s overall container volume passed 1 million 20-foot-equivalent units for the first half of the year.
25 Jul 2016
Port touts its proximity to distribution centers along Florida's I-4 corridor.
15 Jul 2016
Ocean Alliance members CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Orient Overseas Container Line and Evergreen Line see major opportunity in deploying more services to the East and West coasts.
12 Jul 2016
The city of New Orleans is again exploring the sale of the port’s switching railroad.


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