Import growth causing congestion in Houston

The Port of Houston has opened two of its terminals to truckers on Saturdays in an attempt to cope with increasing imports.

Shippers have been forced to look at alternative options as congestion plagued first West Coast and now East Coast ports. Now they are looking to the Gulf of Mexico, but inevitably ports there are also becoming overwhelmed.

Houston had the strongest import growth of any US port so far this year, up 26.3% YoY to 604,123 TEU. Import containers currently remain on the docks for an average of 6 days before being collected.

One drayage carrier was positive about the move to open on Saturdays, saying “It will help with terminal fluidity and will allow shippers that receive on Saturdays to receive cargo faster. This will also help to reduce the chassis street dwell time. We will now have the ability to use Saturdays to set up drivers for deliveries outside of Houston."

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