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
Sponsor: Making BCO partnerships centric with the terminal strategy is vital, says Jeremy Ford, APM Terminals' head of commercial.  
08 Mar 2016
A strong dollar took a big chunk out of exports at major U.S. gateways in 2015. Most of the U.S. ports that handle more than 50,000 20-foot-equivalent units recorded declines in export volume, according to preliminary data from PIERS, a sister product of JOC.com within IHS.
Port of Houston, Texas
20 Feb 2016
Houston port is gearing up to handle a quantum leap in containerized exports of plastic resins that will be produced at the billions of dollars’ worth of petrochemical plants due to come on line in the next three or four years.
Port of Houston Authority
15 Feb 2016
The eyes of Texas and other U.S. Gulf ports are fixed on the opening of the new Panama Canal locks later this spring. Port executives expect the long-delayed opening to post-Panamax vessel traffic will be a seminal event in the growth of their volumes, but later rather than sooner.
13 Feb 2016
This spring’s arrival of three post-Panamax cranes at the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, has been upstaged by a shipyard contract that’s expected to get the port off the hook for repayment of millions of dollars in hurricane relief funds.
Port of Savannah
03 Feb 2016
U.S. East Coast ports toppled the U.S. West Coast in international containerized ocean volume and market share for the first nine months of 2015, handling 47.1 percent of the 24 million TEUs moving through the U.S., while West Coast ports handled 44.5 percent.

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



Sponsor: Making BCO partnerships centric with the terminal strategy is vital, says Jeremy Ford, APM Terminals' head of commercial.  



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