Houston: The Irreplaceable Port
Colliers International’s recent North American Port Analysis coined the Port of Houston as the nation’s irreplaceable Port. The Houston Port Authority was the first to introduce double-stacking rail cargo, and the first to receive certain ISO certifications for environmental management and security. It was also a leader in the creation of foreign trade zones. Thus, it came as no surprise that Containerisation International named Houston the Port Authority of the Year in 2011. The Port of Houston handles seventy percent of all the containerized cargo in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and is vital to the nation’s petrochemical industry. Unlike key East and West Coast ports, there are no alternatives to the Port of Houston. New Orleans and Tampa might possibly handle Houston’s vessel traffic, but those ports lack the energy, security, and inland infrastructure that make Houston a one-of-a-kind.