Economic Impact

The Economic Impact of Port Houston










As one of the world’s busiest ports, Port Houston is a large and vibrant component of the regional economy. A 2014 study by Martin Associates reports that Houston Ship Channel-related businesses contribute 1,174,567 jobs throughout Texas, up from more than 1 million jobs cited in a 2012 study. This activity helps generate more than $264.9 billion in statewide economic impact, up from nearly $182.6 billion. Additionally, more than $5 billion in state and local tax revenues are generated by business activities related to the port, up from $4.5 billion.

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To download a state impact summary document, click here.

To download the national impact report, click here.

Port Houston’s economic activity helps keep Texas the nation’s top exporting state.  For the past 16 consecutive years, Texas has been the no. 1 exporting state in the nation.  In 2017, Texas exports totaled more than $264 billion, up from nearly $229 billion in 2016, according to annual trade data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.  This represented year-over-year growth of 15 percent. The state’s exports grew faster than total U.S. exports, which grew by 6.8 percent to $2.34 trillion in 2017 from $2.19 trillion in 2016.