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

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.
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.