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Port Houston Starts New Year on the Rise

Posted on February 28, 2024

Biggest January on Record for Container Volumes

HOUSTON – Port Houston has had a great start to the year as its total container volumes have exceeded any other January on record at its facilities. In the first month of this year, total container volumes reached 332,961 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which is a 4% increase compared to the same month last year.

“Import and export demand through Houston remains strong and we are certainly off to a great start in 2024,” said Roger Guenther, Executive Director at Port Houston.

In fact, container imports increased by 3% in January to 154,493 TEUs, which were driven primarily by strong imports from China in advance of the Lunar New Year. Loaded export volumes also soared, up 9% from the same period last year and totaling 124,137 TEUs. This set a new Port Houston record for loaded exports in January.

Looking toward Port Houston’s multipurpose facilities, steel volumes declined by 46% in January compared to the same month last year. Total tonnage across all of Port Houston’s terminals declined by 6% in January, totaling 4,187,541 tons.

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