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Port Houston sees biggest July ever for container TEUs

Port Houston

Posted on August 30, 2023

Port Houston said it experienced the largest container volume in July this year with more than 344,000  twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled during the month.

The record container volume represents a 5 percent increase over the same period in 2022. So far this year, the port has seen 2,202,538 TEUs, only 1 percent less than last year’s record volume.

Officials noted the port has three new ship-to-shore cranes at its Bayport Container Terminal, part of an expansion plan to add a wharf at that location.

“These continued investments at Port Houston terminals are part of an overall strategic plan that aims to facilitate smooth flow of goods, create new, good-paying jobs, and drive overall prosperity for our region,” Roger Guenther, Executive Director at Port Houston, said. “The Houston market continues to thrive, and we are well-positioned now and for the future.”

The port recorded loaded import volumes of 166,151 TEUs, an increase of 4 percent over last year, and 117,652 loaded export volumes, an increase of 15 percent. Year-to-date loaded export volumes are up 12 percent compared to last year, port officials said.

However, total tonnage across all Port Houston terminals is down 3 percent through July. Steel is down 5 percent. Auto imports have increased by 56 percent year-to-date compared to 2022.

Houston Port is the nation’s fifth-largest container port and sits along the Houston Ship Channel – the number one waterway in the U.S, officials said.


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