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 have gotten a taste of Asian all-water container services and are hungry for more.

News & Analysis

05 Dec 2016
Port Houston’s hopes of dominating an expected boom in US plastic-resin exports during the next few years will hinge on increased US-Asia container ship capacity — and higher freight rates to justify it.
29 May 2016
The relaxation of U.S. rules regarding trade with Cuba has yet to translate into higher shipping volumes.
21 May 2016
Liability, costs and technology are just a few of the questions.
19 May 2016
Container lines and U.S. ports have asked the U.S. maritime regulator for permission to get together to craft a common strategy for dealing with SOLAS.
18 May 2016
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.
Chiquita, Port of New Orleans
13 May 2016
Two years after a celebrated return to New Orleans after a 40-year absence, fruit importer Chiquita may be leaving again — or maybe not, port officials say.

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.