Port Houston jumps to number 5 in the ranking of the best US container ports Ship’s crew

Port Houston has made significant strides in the competitive landscape of US container ports, moving up from seventh to fifth in rankings based on the number of 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled in 2022.

The announcement was made by Port Houston Chairman Ric Campo during the May 2 regular meeting of the Port of Houston Authority Ports Commission.

“Our import and export volume hit record numbers in 2022 and is recognized as one of the fastest growing ports in the US in loaded imports and loaded exports, and Houston now has a 7% market share of the total U.S. container business,” said Campo.

According to the Journal of Commerce rankings, Port Houston ranked fifth in loaded imports and third in loaded export containers in 2022. The growth trajectory spanned all trade routes for Port Houston, with the transpacific route registering a notable 25.7% increase in loaded imports in 2022. Similarly, the transatlantic route emerged as the most important trade route for cargo exports, registering a remarkable 20.5% growth in 2022.

Chairman Campo reiterated Port Houston leadership’s commitment to ongoing investment to maintain competitiveness. “As freight takes the path of least resistance, we must continue to invest in our growth,” he said.

To further support these comments, Executive Director Roger Guenther provided a comprehensive overview of the current state of operations at Port Houston’s public terminals in his monthly report to the Commission. “Our operations remain solid and I am proud and grateful for our team here in Port Houston as they continue to deliver the quantity and quality of results that make us successful every day,” said Guenther.

Gunther also reported that cargo activity at its Port Houston facilities remained robust in the first quarter of the year, with total tonnage increasing 4% year-over-year. Container activity has posted year-to-date growth of 3%, while the steel sector has remained relatively stable, down only 2%.

Consistent with its commitment to future investments, the Ports Commission approved several agenda items during the May 2 meeting, including operating, infrastructure and other contracts totaling more than $30 million.

During the meeting, Port Commissioner Dean Corgey shared insights from a recent delegation trip to Brazil with officials from Port Houston and the City of Houston, including Mayor Sylvester Turner. Stressing the importance of the Houston Ship Channel and Port Houston stewardship, Corgey said, “We export more than just cargo, we export goodwill, American values ​​and hope.”

The next regular monthly port commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 23 May.

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