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.
12 Jul 2016
The city of New Orleans is again exploring the sale of the port’s switching railroad.
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.

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.