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Container volumes slip at Port Houston

Container volumes slip at Port Houston
The port handles two thirds of containers on the Gulf Coast

Container activity at Port Houston surpassed 250,000 teu in January, marking the port’s second busiest start to a year, albeit 5% lower than in January 2020.

Loaded container imports totaled 121,578 teu last month, which was the fourth highest month on record for imports, while loaded exports totaled 99,694 teu.

Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther said: “We are committed to do our part to keep international commerce flowing and to make sure consumers get their necessities, including food and medical supplies.”

Bulk cargo was up 33% in January compared to a year ago, with the import and export of bagged goods up considerably, although steel remains down.

Port Houston is the sixth largest container port in the United States and is the dominant container port on the US Gulf Coast, handling  more than two-thirds of all the containers in the gulf.