Port Houston has recorded its biggest July ever for containers, marking the sixth month of double-digit growth this year.
Total volume in July was 328,498 TEU, a 10 per cent increase over the same month last year and the fourth-biggest month ever at the port for container volume.
Container throughput has reached 2.2 million TEU year-to-date, a 17 per cent year-on-year surge according to the port authority.
In July of this year, the Port of Houston loaded import containers were up 17 per cent compared to the same month last year, at 159,881 TEU. Loaded exports for the month stood at 102,644 TEU, a 36 per cent growth.
The port authority reported data from PIERS, showing containerised imports from Asia grew by 6 per cent in the first half of 2022 compared to the same time last year.
“Port Houston continues to build capacity and adjust to the changing market by providing more yard space, more equipment, and more hours of service to our customers,” said Roger Guenther, Executive Director at Port Houston.
“Port Houston is meeting with customers, communicating updates, and working with our partners in the ILA to maintain cargo fluidity despite the extraordinary volume.
“Our most pressing concern is the urgent need for importers to quickly evacuate their containers to open up space, and for exporters and importers alike to increase their use of our Saturday gates, which are now open from 8.00 am-5.00 pm every Saturday.”
Total tonnage at the port’s facilities was up 24 per cent for the year through July, while general cargo climbed by 26 per cent at 3.4 million tons.
In June, the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority awarded two contracts totalling $430 million to complete the remaining Galveston Bay segments of the Houston Ship Channel expansion project.…