Houston Reports Record Tonnage for 2013
The Port of Houston Authority generated record container movement and cargo tonnage in 2013.
Record throughput of container TEUs (2 million) and an unprecedented 36 million tons of cargo handled were primary contributors to the remarkable year. The Port Authority's six-percent increase in movement of loaded containers outpaced all other U.S. ports in that category. Improved grain and coal exports over the prior year enabled the Port Authority to post a 13-percent increase in bulk cargo (11 million tons).
The Port Authority recorded $231 million in operating revenue in 2013, the highest ever. That figure is $8 million (four percent) higher than the record attained in 2012, and it marks the fourth consecutive year that year-over-year increases have been recorded.
"This is a benchmark we can all take pride in," said Port Authority Executive Director Roger Guenther. "It reflects positively on the efforts of Port Authority staff under the guidance of the Port Commission to increase the commerce moving through Port facilities, bringing more jobs and economic opportunity to the region. It is important we continue making capital investments in our facilities to help meet the growing needs of global commerce."