Port of Houston smashes handling records with no signs of abating

Port of Houston

The Port of Houston Authority has announced record-breaking activity across its terminals, with 335,866 TEU handled through May in what became the best month in the port’s history.

During May cargo activity rose by 20 per cent reaching a total of 21.6 million tons.

General cargo volumes through the multi-purpose facilities were also up 116 per cent for the year, with nearly 3.3 million tons recorded.

“There are really no signs of imports backing off, and exports – especially resins – are beginning to rebound” said Executive Director Roger Guenther.

Port Houston has also experienced record-breaking transactions through its truck gates last week. Guenther highlighted the importance of Saturday availability of truck gates at the container terminals, adding that the additional day provides more opportunity for handling freight moving through Houston.

“It is critical our industry take advantage of the extended hours we are providing for our customers,” he stressed.

“Expanding these hours must be a way of the future. We are making this commitment to continued efficiency, and we strongly encourage our truckers and shippers to take advantage of this opportunity.”

The Port of Houston Authority recently awarded two contracts totalling $430 million to complete the remaining Galveston Bay segments of the Houston Ship Channel expansion project.

The contracts have been awarded to Weeks Marine and Curtin Maritime Corporation – making the deals two of the largest contracts in the port’s history.

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