Port Houston processed its highest month on record for a twenty-foot equivalent unit total at 320,086 in August, a 29% increase from the same period last year.
The port also recorded the highest monthly loaded imports on record with 159,791 TEUs in August, a 37% increase from August 2020.
“We are securing our position as a centrally located port serving a large region of consumers,” said Roger Guenther, Executive Director of Port Houston, in a declaration. âProviding efficient and predictable freight movement through our port during an unprecedented increase in global imports continues to be a top priority for us. “
Guenther said the increase in freight volumes can be attributed to new importers in the region who have realigned their gateway strategy and distribution center networks, as well as increased consumer spending and retailers who are stockpiling for the holiday season.
“We expect high levels in the supply chain to continue through 2022 and continue to explore opportunities, including accelerating an already aggressive capital investment strategy to keep our terminals up to demand.” , Guenther said.
Port Houston’s largest tonnage gains in August were due to a 666% year-over-year increase in steel exports to 6,545 tonnes. The tonnage of imported steel increased 159% to 340,531 tonnes.
General imports in August increased 129% year-on-year to 929,111 tonnes, and container imports increased 16% to 1.3 million tonnes.
The port handled 8,642 TEUs in empty import containers in August, down 28% year-on-year and 4% from July. Exports of empty containers jumped 208% in August from a year ago to 65,983 TEUs and were down 13% from July.
Since the start of the year, Port Houston has passed the 2 million TEU mark, with 2.2 million TEUs compared to 1.91 million TEUs in 2020, a 16% increase from one year on the other.
Vessel calls for August were down about 3% year-on-year to 636, and 10% from July. Barges calling at Port Houston were up 4% year-on-year to 353 and were up 14% from July.
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