Procurement FAQs

Q: If my company was previously registered in Port Houston’s Vendor Information System (VIS), am I now required to re-register in the new BuySpeed™ eProcurement System (BuySpeed)?

A: Vendors interested in doing business with the Port Houston are required to register in BuySpeed to ensure that we have up-to-date information on current suppliers.


Q: How can my company do business with Port Houston?

A: Port Houston seeks bids/proposals from qualified vendors to provide goods and services. Register via the BuySpeed eProcurement System.


Q: What do I need to do to be notified of bids/proposals that are advertised in BuySpeed?

A: Vendors who have registered in BuySpeed should update their vendor profiles to include all of the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) codes associated with their businesses.


Q: Where can I find a list of the NIGP codes?

A: Vendors may search for the appropriate NIGP code in the NIGP Crosswalk that is found on the BuySpeed home page. Alternatively, you can click here for the latest NAICS Code-NIGP Code Conversion Chart.


Q: What are some of the goods and services commonly procured by Port Houston?

A: Some of the goods and services include everything from advertising and promotional items to automobile repair parts to chemicals. Additional goods and services procured also include things like computers and software, as well as safety equipment or tools.


Q: What commodities and services does Port Houston procure annually?

A: Commodities and services range from building maintenance to pest control to elevator repair  to health insurance. Industrial paper products and office supplies along with trash disposal and vehicles are other examples.


Q: What kinds of construction and design services does Port Houston procure?

A: Services include general contractors, mechanical engineering, architectural design, environmental consulting, civil engineering and structural engineering.


Q: What professional and general services does Port Houston procure?

A: Those include inspection services, printing, temporary staffing and testing laboratories.