Global Trade

Consider All-Water Service and the Most Reliable and Hassle-Free Port

Interested in shipping your products through Port Houston or need to find all-water services? We offer a higher degree of service and stability for importers and exporters. 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

Largest Breakbulk Gateway in the United States

Refrigerated Cargo to Asia, Latin America and Europe



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. Our team is committed to providing a customer experience that addresses the many different needs of our extraordinarily diverse customer base. 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.

What Customers Are Saying

“Academy Sports + Outdoors’ customers count on us to have what they need, and we depend on Port Houston to keep our shelves stocked. As our main import gateway, Port Houston’s fluid operations have made them a trusted partner that’s critical to our supply chain success.”

— Ken Hicks, Chairman, President and CEO, Academy Sports + Outdoors

“We have had great success in pulling the needed containers very quickly. I have worked with other ports in the past and it appears as though we are off to a great start!”

– Alex Todd, Distribution Manager for IKEA

“Houston is a very well-run port. We are confident in Port Houston’s ability to handle large container volumes through the port and Port Houston’s commitment to growth, as well as the timely availability of containers.”

– Carolyn S. Glynn, Senior Manager, International Freight and Customs Compliance for Igloo Products Corp.

“Port Houston is handling the majority of our yearly volume. We found that routing our cargo through Port Houston was not only a price-competitive decision, but it also gave us more reliability once the container hit the port.”

– Brett Kendrick, Ocean Import and Inventory Manager, Steve Silver Co.