Volume at Port Houston rising as pandemic continues decline

By Nitya Hosur, Editorial Intern
Posted 7/16/21

Port Houston saw record growth in June of this year in comparison with June 2020. There is a 13% increase in TEUs – twenty-foot equivalent units – since last year, with more than 1.6 …

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Volume at Port Houston rising as pandemic continues decline

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Port Houston saw record growth in June of this year in comparison with June 2020. There is a 13% increase in TEUs – twenty-foot equivalent units – since last year, with more than 1.6 million TEUs processed year-to-date.

“Houston is a growth market and at Port Houston we’re poised and ready for continued growth. As an operating port, we are here to meet the changing needs of vessels and businesses and continue adding new services and additional capacity to move the world and drive regional prosperity,” said Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther,

With the pandemic ceasing and more ports opening, the Houston port is busier than ever. This June had the highest record for containers in June for Port Houston, with just less than 293,000 TEUs. June was also the best month ever for loaded imports, with a total of about 140,000 TEUs. This June’s statistics reflect a 39% increase since June 2020’s volume.

The total tonnage has also seen an increase, rising 7% in June and 2% year-to-date. Despite the steel and auto volumes dipping in June, the year-to-date is still rising with a 3% increase in steel and a 44% increase in vehicles compared to last year.

The rapid increase in volume at Port Houston can be attributed to the introduction of the vaccine and the reopening of many consumer facilities. Consumer spending is rising and is expected to continue upward. Port Houston is responsible for millions of cargo vessels and TEUs and is rising to meet the challenges of increased spending, as well as the needs of corporate associations.

With this rapid growth, Port Houston has shifted their sights onto the construction of infrastructure. Port Houston has renewed their Bayport Terminal permit through the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, granting the port authorization of construction for the next five years on the Bayport Terminal. This ultimately allows Port Houston to move forward with its master plan for the construction and building of the terminal, which consists of completing Wharf 6, Container Yard 2 and other projects.

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