Global Trade

Interested in shipping your products through Port Houston or need to find all-water services? Our trade development staff works with customers and facilitates connections with all links in the supply chain including beneficial cargo owners, shipping lines, state/regional/local governmental entities, local real estate and landside transportation providers. We support our customers with anything that they may need to begin the shipping process via Port Houston.

Largest Container Port on the U.S Gulf Coast
See how we bring more containers to Houston here.

Largest Breakbulk Gateway in the United States

Learn more about why we are the leader of multi-purpose and breakbulk cargo transport here.

Refrigerated Cargo to Asia, Latin America and Europe

Read more about how main operating reefer facilities in the greater port region keep Houston cool.



Ocean Carriers

Beneficial Cargo Owners

Freight Forwarders

Shipping and Logistics




Port Houston’s trade development team engages with customers, beneficial cargo owners, shippers, carriers, freight forwarders and other port users to develop trade and cargo business opportunities at the Port, including securing new services around the world and offering connections to support supply chains. The department also attends industry events, nationally and internationally, to continue to develop the presence of Port Houston as a leading North America gateway for trade.


The trade development team also puts our customers in touch with Houston’s many economic development organizations, which assist relocating businesses and help them obtain tax breaks and other financial incentives. In addition, the team organizes and sponsors industry-related events. You can find our industry events calendar here to see where we will be next.

Our team also conducts TradeLink Workshops for exporting, as well as roundtables for various industry groups and customers.

International inquiries are welcome. Members of the trade development team can speak Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. We have trade development representatives that are based internationally in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

For trade statistics information, click here.

Questions about shipping cargo? Contact our Customer Care Line at or 713-670-1111