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

20 Jun 2016
Retail giant Wal-Mart is considering a 2.9 million-square-foot import distribution center near the Port of Mobile, Alabama, which this year has landed direct vessel calls by two all-water services from Asia.
16 Jun 2016
Rapid growth in exports of polyethylene resins will shape Gulf Coast container volume.
15 Jun 2016
Growth may soon slow for ports on the so-called Mediterranean of the Americas.
14 Jun 2016
A new Panama Canal container route to the U.S. Gulf from Asia will replace and build on an intermodal rail service that Maersk Line launched via Mexico.
12 Jun 2016
The Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, is riding a wave of bulk and project cargo with a common theme: the energy industry.
U.S. exports of polyethylene to Latin America are expected to jump.
08 Jun 2016
Latin America’s demand for polyethylene, the key raw material for plastics production, is forecast to rise sharply.

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.

Video

Port of Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett got together on the sidelines of the 16th TPM Conference to talk about how the port benefited from diversions caused by 2014 and 2015’s labor dispute and the numerous trends the port expects to shape its future.
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.
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.