Port Houston has announced record container volumes in July with a total of 344,163 TEUs, a 5% increase from July 2022. Additionally, 2,202,538 TEUs were handled at Port Houston terminals during the first seven months of the year, translating to a slight 1% decline over the same period in 2022.
In July, loaded import volumes at Port Houston were 166,151 TEUs, an increase of 4% compared to last July, while loaded export volumes were up 15% at 117,652 TEUs. Year-to-date loaded export volumes are up 12% compared to last year, mainly due to the strong demand for resins.
Overall, Port Houston reports a balanced flow of containers, with 51% imports and 49% exports so far this year.
Total tonnage across all Port Houston terminals is down 3% through July at 29,850,836 short tons. Steel is down 5% for July 2023 compared to the same month last year, totaling 451,193 tons. However, auto import units have increased by 56% year-to-date compared to the same time period in 2022.