Port Houston’s Sr. Director of Trade Development John Moseley provided the port’s 2018 outlook at the International Transportation Management Association Houston chapter’s monthly luncheon Jan. 10.
Moseley reported that total container volume of total (loaded and empty) containers for 2017 was up 13 percent, with a 66 percent increase in steel.
Forbes.com recently listed that Port Houston is the number one fastest growing port in terms of imports. Moseley stated that this is driven largely by Houston’s population growth, housing and distribution opportunities. The expansion of the Panama Canal and diversions from the West Coast have been contributing factors as well. Strong exports are also anticipated due to more petrochemical companies expanding their plastics and resins operations within the next couple of years.
“What makes us unique is that we are one of few container ports in the U.S. that operates its container terminals which allows us to directly impact the customer experience,” said Moseley. Some of port’s the most recent investments are the port’s three new super-post Panamax cranes at its Barbours Cut Container Terminal as well as expanding its truck gate hours at the Bayport Container Terminal.
ITMA is a member-driven organization for companies and professionals that are involved in international transportation logistics. Port Houston continues to be a steadfast liaison driving regional commerce.