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

Port of Mobile, Alabama.
Containerized cargo at Gulf ports is benefiting from a north-to-south shift in U.S. population growth, growth in the region’s automotive and chemical industries and investment in container-handling facilities.

News & Analysis

Roger Guenther
18 Apr 2014
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.
Port of New Orleans
03 Oct 2013
Port of New Orleans terminals will continue scheduled operations Friday, despite the impending closure of the Mississippi River at Southwest Pass because of potential effects from Tropical Storm Karen.
11 Sep 2013
The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO today announced that it will remain an affiliate of the American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations.
New Orleans Terminal is the terminal operator for Zim at the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal.
03 Sep 2013
Zim Integrated Shipping has introduced a new weekly service, the Caribbean Gulf Express, to the Port of New Orleans’ Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal.
Port of New York & New Jersey view
28 Aug 2013
Kurt Nagle, president of the American Association of Port Authorities, said chances are good that Congress will approve a new Water Resources Development Act this year.
Port of Houston, Bayport, cranes
22 Aug 2013
The Port of Houston handled 3 million tons of total cargo in July, up 4 percent year-over-year, and moved 21 million tons year-to-date, up 3 percent.

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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.