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

Several ILA officials threw a surprise curve ball in a pre-negotiation meeting with United States Maritime Alliance, proposing a one-day coastwide work stoppage and Washington march against “government interference” in longshore hiring.

News & Analysis

07 Mar 2017
The practices of container lines, terminal operators, intermodal equipment operators, truckers, and beneficial cargo owners all contribute to chassis shortages at US ports.
26 Nov 2016
After more than a decade of twists and turns and highs and lows, the finish line is in sight for a $570 million reconstruction and expansion of the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi.
19 Nov 2016
The Port of Mobile’s container terminal is benefiting from a double shot of new business, with the promise of more to come.
17 Nov 2016
The Port of Houston is losing a preposition and gaining a new marketing name.
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.

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.