Port Houston Experiences Boom: Container Traffic Up 21% In May


  • Port Houston reports a surge in container volumes, bolstered by strong import and export growth.
  • The port is investing in infrastructure to handle this increasing cargo.

Despite ongoing global supply chain challenges, Port Houston is experiencing exceptional growth. Container traffic saw a significant increase in May 2024 compared to the previous year, solidifying the port’s position as a major trade hub.

Soaring Container Volumes

  • Port Houston’s container volumes jumped 21% in May 2024 compared to May 2023, handling a total of 364,866 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units).
  • Year-to-date container traffic through May has also increased by 14% compared to the same period in 2023.

Strong Import and Export Performance

  • Both loaded imports and exports saw impressive growth. Loaded imports increased by 18% in May, driven by regional consumer spending and new warehouse construction.
  • Loaded exports also surged by 21% in May, reflecting strong manufacturing activity in Texas.

Expanding Service Options

Port Houston welcomed the MV/OOCL Bremerhaven on its maiden voyage, further expanding service offerings and connecting the port to key markets.

Investment in Infrastructure

Port Houston is actively investing in infrastructure projects like Project 11, the Houston Ship Channel Expansion. This will allow the port to accommodate larger vessels and handle the anticipated increase in cargo volumes.

Steel Imports on the Rise

Steel imports at Port Houston’s multipurpose facilities witnessed a significant rise of 48% in May compared to May 2023. This represents the highest volume of steel imports since June 2023.

Port Houston’s impressive growth in container traffic underscores its critical role in international trade. By investing in infrastructure and expanding service options, the port is well-positioned to maintain its position as a leading gateway for cargo movement in the years to come.

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Source: Port Houston