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 are angling for a share of the increased exports, and shippers of cotton and other commodities worry resins will absorb limited container and ship capacity.

News & Analysis

26 Jul 2017
Making BCO partnerships centric with the terminal strategy is vital, noted Jeremy Ford, APM Terminals' head of pricing and strategy, in a JOC.com i
16 Feb 2017
No date has been announced for formal bargaining.
11 Feb 2017
There’s no question a boom in US exports of resins is coming, but when will it begin? And which ports will handle the goods?
25 Jan 2017
Which routes will shippers use for increased US resin exports?
05 Jan 2017
Union president Harold Daggett takes to Facebook in advance of February meetings.
28 Dec 2016
Plastic resin exports are poised in 2017 to begin a multi-year surge in volume.

Commentary

Vessel capacity remains the overriding concern about whether the Port of Houston will be able to handle the wave of plastic resins exports that will add half a million TEU annually to export volumes within a few years. 

Video



Making BCO partnerships centric with the terminal strategy is vital, noted Jeremy Ford, APM Terminals' head of pricing and strategy, in a JOC.com i



Port Houston's Roger Guenther on 2016 context, expectations for 2017, resin market impact and $1.3 billion infrastructure investments plans.