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Port Houston owns and operates the eight public facilities along the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel, including the area’s largest breakbulk facility and two of the most efficient container terminals in the nation. The Port has served as a strategic leader for this vital waterway for over a century, ensuring the free flow of commerce throughout the region as well as bolstering national and international trade.

About Port Houston

As the leading advocate for the Ship Channel, Port Houston drives economic opportunities forward every day. Led by a seven-member Board of Port Commissioners and 13 executive staff members, our professional team maintains exceptional efficiency in advancing the flow of seaborne cargo on a global scale. Through successful community initiatives and partnerships worldwide, the Port adopts leading-edge technologies and ongoing improvements in productivity, reliability, and resiliency.

With unwavering commitment in a constant sea of change, Port Houston is on track in its development for a sustainable future, while working to create the most modern and efficient deep seaport on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Now and looking ahead, Port Houston sits at the helm of excellence in freight mobility, environmental stewardship, and long-term economic vitality.

Mission and Vision

At Port Houston, our vision, purpose and core values are the foundation for everything we do. How we meet our commitments and fulfill expectations will define our success.

In January 2020, Port Houston adopted the next five-year strategic plan.  The mission, vision and values were retained, but to meet the evolving needs of channel users and neighbors, the port has identified four new or modified strategic goals. The goals and objectives focus on port efforts and resources, and guide planning and decision making by all port staff to fulfill our vision and mission.


To Move the World and Drive Regional Prosperity


America’s Distribution Hub for the Next Generation


“We are READY” encompasses our core values of Respect, Excellence, Accountability and Diligence, and the focus on “You.”


Port Houston Strategic Plan 2020

PEOPLE – Be The Best Place to Work
INFRASTRUCTURE – Optimize Infrastructure and Channel Capacity to Serve the Region
PARTNERSHIPS – Develop and Strengthen External Partnerships
STEWARDSHIP – Create Greater Value for the Region