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 have gotten a taste of Asian all-water container services and are hungry for more.

News & Analysis

05 Dec 2016
Port Houston’s hopes of dominating an expected boom in US plastic-resin exports during the next few years will hinge on increased US-Asia container ship capacity — and higher freight rates to justify it.
16 Nov 2016
Container-on-barge service supplies chemical exporters with empty boxes.
09 Nov 2016
Things could be better, but they also could be a lot worse for breakbulk and project cargo shipping in US Gulf ports.
14 Oct 2016
Hanjin Shipping’s failure put a noticeable dent in US import volumes.
An effort to get approval for heavier trucks on Texan roadways failed in the legislature in 2015, but a second effort is now underway.
23 Sep 2016
A heavyweight fight is shaping up in the Texas Legislature over proposals to allow trucks to carry heavier loads over the state’s highways.
22 Sep 2016
The Port of Houston Authority said Hanjin Shipping containers at the port have been cleared for release.

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.