Port Houston cargo volumes rose 11% year over year to 325,020 total TEUs in December and set a new record for loaded exports.
The month was the port’s highest December on record for loaded exports, according to a Jan. 17 port press release.
“Houston remained insulated against any major decrease in volumes by its strong exports, which thrived in 2023 and were driven largely by the demand for resin,” the port said in the press release.
Loaded imports, export loads and empties were also up YoY by more than 10%, each.
In December, the port added seven hybrid-electric rubber tire gantry cranes to help facilitate cargo movement for more than 20 weekly services that currently call Port Houston.
Moving forward, the port is keeping an eye on “making continued strategic investments to facilitate larger vessels and more of our region’s cargo,” Roger Guenther, executive director at Port Houston said in the release.
One investment is the expansion of the Houston Ship Channel to Bayport Container Terminal known as Project 11, which will be completed sometime in 2026.