Tuesday , 19 September 2017
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Hurricane forces closure of Port of Houston

The Port of Houston closed for several days due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has wreaked catastrophic damage across Texas.

The port’s Barbours Cut and Bayport Container Terminals were closed between August 25 and August 31 along with truck in-gates.

The Gulf Coast hub’s general cargo facilities also shut on the same day.

Roger Guenther, the Port of Houston’s executive director, told CNBC that the port’s facilities have not received “any notable damage”.

Volkswagen has confirmed that some of its car deliveries into the US have been affected by the port’s closure.

The manufacturer, which imports vehicles from Germany and Mexico into the US via Houston, is looking into alternative options on case the port remains closed.

Up until now, the port has had a successful year with container volume growth of 14% in the second quarter.

Hurricane Harvey is expected to have left 50 inches of rain in parts of Houston,  more rain than the city usually receives in an entire year.