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Port Houston TEUs Jump 25% in April

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For Immediate Release
May 13, 2021


Port Houston TEUs jump 25% in April


HOUSTON – Activity across Port Houston’s docks jumped again in April, showing robust growth in both containers and steel due to high regional demand.

Container activity increased 25% for the month of April, with 275,840 TEUs this month compared to April of last year’s 221,540 TEUs. This is reflective of the high consumer demand, growing regional population, and consistently world-class customer service through Port Houston’s terminals.

Bayport Container Terminal Overlook

Containers on the move at Port Houston’s Bayport Container Terminal

Port Houston’s multi-purpose facilities also demonstrated strength, notably with steel imports up 15% this month and 6% year-to-date. This marks the second month in a row for steel increases, indicating the highly anticipated rebound in this sector.

Steel Unloading at Port Houston's Turning Basin Terminal

Steel being unloaded at Turning Basin Terminal

As the port celebrates National Infrastructure Week this week, Roger Guenther noted the importance of enhancing Port Houston facilities and the waterway to support the continued efficient movement of goods in a high growth environment.

“As the advocate and a strategic leader of the Houston Ship Channel, it is important for us to continue to ensure we are always ready to support the growing stream of cargo that moves across our docks,” Guenther said. “That’s why we continue to invest to build capacity for the future. Our business remains strong and continues to grow with new customers and new weekly vessel services. Our focus on our people, facilities, and infrastructure are paying off with efficient gate processing times and ample berth capacity for our carriers. Our labor, terminal users, truckers, and Port Houston team are working together to make it happen for our valued customers.”

Earlier this week, Port Houston highlighted breaking ground on the Houston Ship Channel Expansion – Project 11 to widen and deepen the nation’s busiest waterway. Port Houston is on track to deliver multiple infrastructure projects as part of our $1.4 billion capital investment over the next five years and potential $4 billion over the next 20 years. The investments will enhance customer predictability and consistency, adding to the already high-quality customer service provided by Port Houston.

Port Houston is the largest port in the Gulf, handling 69% of container traffic in the Gulf Coast and adding $1.6 million to the Texas economy. It is the nation’s 6th largest container terminal.


About Port Houston  

For more than 100 years, Port Houston has owned and operated the public wharves and terminals along the Houston Ship Channel, including the area’s largest breakbulk facility and two of the most efficient and fastest-growing container terminals in the country. Port Houston is the advocate and a strategic leader for the Channel. The Houston Ship Channel complex and its more than 200 public and private terminals, collectively known as the Port of Houston, is the nation’s largest port for waterborne tonnage and an essential economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the U.S. The Port of Houston supports the creation of nearly 1.35 million jobs in Texas and 3.2 million jobs nationwide, and economic activity totaling $339 billion in Texas – 20.6 percent of Texas’ total gross domestic product (GDP) – and $801.9 billion in economic impact across the nation. For more information, visit the website at PortHouston.com.

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