The Port of Houston Authority Harbor Commission met Tuesday at its regular monthly meeting and received updates on continued record activity at public terminals. In his team report, chief executive Roger Guenther said business remained strong for container and general cargo terminals, with 21.6 million tonnes handled through May.
Container activity continues at record levels for the year and is 20% higher through May. “In fact, the total of 335,866 TEUs (twenty foot equivalent unit) represents the best month in Port Houston’s history,” Guenther said. “There are really no signs of a slowdown in imports, and exports – especially resins – are starting to rebound as well,” Guenther added. Port Houston also had another record day for transactions through its truck gates last week.
The volumes of general cargo transiting through the multipurpose facilities were also up by 116% over the year, with nearly 3.3 million tonnes recorded.
During the meeting, Guenther highlighted the availability of truck doors at container terminals on Saturday. Port Houston added the extra day earlier in June to provide more opportunities to handle the huge amount of cargo moving through Houston. “It is critical that our industry takes advantage of the extended hours we provide to our customers,” he stressed.
“The extension of these hours must be a way forward,” Guenther stressed. “We are making this commitment to continued efficiency, and we strongly encourage our truckers and shippers to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Meanwhile, President Ric Campo expressed his gratitude to the men and women working at the terminals and keeping goods and commerce flowing, and reminded them to stay safe and hydrated during the hot summer months.
Actions taken on Tuesday included the awarding of funding from the Port Houston Community Grants Program to 15 community groups. This program is an outreach initiative, focused on investing resources in projects and programs that enhance the community and are consistent with the mission and vision of Port Houston’s 2020 Strategic Plan.
Source: Port of Houston Authority