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Port Houston achieves new container record

Port Houston continues to break container records with total box volumes in August reaching 382,842 TEUs, which represents a 20% increase from the same month last year and the busiest month in the history of the port.

In total, Port Houston has handled 2,608,405 TEUs year-to-date, a 17% increase over last year’s record numbers.

Loaded container imports reached 180,132 TEUs, a 13% increase this year compared to last with the National Retail Federation’s Global Port Tracker recently reporting that through July import volume is up 21% at Port Houston and only 4% overall in the US.

“Port Houston is committed to meeting the challenge of historic cargo demand and providing a cost-efficient and vital gateway for America’s maritime cargo,” said Roger Guenther, executive director at Port Houston.

“We are expediting the development of container yard space and wharves, and are adding equipment like shipto-shore cranes and rubber-tired gantry cranesto maintain efficiency as we expand terminal capacity,” he added.

Port Houston noted that dwell is a challenge at Bayport and Barbours Cut terminals due to high container volumes. On average, import dwell has doubled and is now six days, compared to two or three in the past.

Port officials are exploring an Excessive Dwell Fee leveraged on containers that stay at the terminal longer than the free time outlined in the tariff.

The US port has also announced a recent addition of Saturday gates offering an option for importers to retrieve their containers from 08:00 to 17:00 (local time) every Saturday. “We are asking our customers to take advantage of these additional Saturday hours of service, pull your containers quickly, and consider adapting procedures to work with us toward the common end goal of efficiency throughout the supply chain,” said Guenther.

Source: Container News


Port Houston achieves busiest month in its history

Record-breaking activity continues at Port of Houston public terminals. According to Port Houston executive director, Roger Guenther, business remains strong for container and general cargo terminals, with 21.6 million tonnes handled through May.

In particular, the container activity continues at record levels for the year and was 20% higher through May. “In fact, the 335,866 TEU total represents the best month in Port Houston history,” pointed out Guenther, who added, “There are really no signs of imports backing off, and exports – especially resins – are beginning to rebound.”

Additionally, Guenther highlighted the Saturday availability of truck gates at the container
terminals. Port Houston added the additional day earlier in June to provide more opportunity for handling the increased amount of freight moving through Houston.

“It is critical our industry take advantage of the extended hours we are providing for our customers,” he stressed. “We are making this commitment to continued efficiency, and we strongly encourage our truckers and shippers to take advantage of this opportunity,” Guenther emphasised.

In addition, the port advanced Port Houston’s Community Grants Programme funding to 15 community groups.

Port Houston employees volunteer at a Houston Habitat for Humanity Project

It is an outreach initiative, focused on investing resources in projects and programmes that strengthen the community and align with the mission and vision of Port Houston’s 2020 Strategic Plan.

Port Houston volunteers at a Target for Hunger project. In line with its 2020 Strategic Plan, the port recently awarded funding totaling US$325,000 to 15 groups through its Port Houston Community Grants Program. The Port Commission also approved funding totaling US$404,000 to support three projects as part of the East Harris County parks and greenspace programme

Source: Container News