Port Houston awards $99M for expansion projects

The Supply Chain Journal

was recently awarded three construction projects aimed at expanding cargo capacity at Port Houston and the Houston Ship Channel. The third is to expand a dock along the Houston Ship Channel for a petrochemical company, McCarthy said in a release. Port Houston

Port Houston posts 39% year-over-year container volume growth

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Port Houston’s container activity in June surpassed the record level of twenty-foot equivalent units for the same month last year, despite a decline in steel and auto volumes. Total bulk cargo tonnage in June was up 15% year-over-year to 1.6


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Port Houston volume jumps 30% year-over-year in May

The Supply Chain Journal

Port Houston handled 288,127 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in May, a 30% increase compared to the same month in 2020. Cargo means jobs,” Ric Campo, chairman of the Port of Houston Authority, said at the port commission meeting Tuesday.

FreightWaves Classics: Port Houston generates Texas-sized results

The Supply Chain Journal

Houston was named after former General Sam Houston, who served as president of the Republic of Texas. The port’s eight public terminals are owned, operated, managed or leased by the Port of Houston Authority. An aerial view of a dredge widening the Houston Ship Canal.

President of Panama lauds nations’ ties in visit to Port Houston

The Supply Chain Journal

Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, on a visit to Port Houston , celebrated his country’s expansion of the Panama Canal and its effect on the biggest port along the Texas Gulf Coast. Port Houston officials said the canal’s expansion was a game-changer for the port.

Port Houston container volume up 25% in April

The Supply Chain Journal

Activity at Port Houston rose again in April, showing growth in containers and higher demand for steel, according to the company’s release. Imports of raw iron and steel, and steel structures, represents around $200 million in trade year-to-date at Port Houston, according to data from the U.S.

Borderlands: Mexico records 692 commercial cargo thefts in April

The Supply Chain Journal

This week: Mexico records 692 commercial cargo thefts in April; VW cuts production in Mexico and Tennessee plants; ATRG acquires Texas trailer fleets; and CBP officers seize $5.5M Mexico records 692 commercial cargo thefts in April. Security for cargo transportation is being challenged.

FedEx rolls out Nuro autonomous delivery vehicle in Houston

The Supply Chain Journal

NYSE: FDX ) has been testing an autonomous delivery vehicle in the Houston area since April. We have already begun testing with FedEx in Houston, learning about their operations and getting their feedback. R2 offers more cargo space and a longer range. FedEx Corp.

Daily Infographic: Port Houston posts 39% year-over-year container volume growth

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Hurricane Winds and Flooding Expected in Houston

DAT Solutions

Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit South Texas, including Houston and the Gulf Coast, tonight or tomorrow morning, and it may remain in place for days. Even if it's "only" a Category 3, Harvey's winds could exceed 100 miles per hour, and 10 to 15 inches of rain — or up to 40 inches in some locations — coupled with a storm surge from the Gulf, will almost certainly cause major floods in Corpus Christi, Houston, and other cities as far north and east as Baton Rouge, LA.

Averitt Express opens Dallas-area distribution center

The Supply Chain Journal

In addition to handling cargo that moves inland from the Port of Houston, Dallas is a major regional distribution point for products and materials that travel by rail and air via the West Coast,” Wayne Spain, Averitt’s president and COO, said in a statement.

Gulf Coast freight haulers prep for Hurricane Laura’s wrath

DAT Solutions

The Port of Houston handles about 70% of the container cargo making land in the Gulf, so even a brief closure will have ripple effects across the spot market and supply chain for weeks to come.

How to Protect Your Freight From Cargo Thieves

GTG Technology Group

5 Tips for Protecting Your Freight Against Cargo Thieves. In 2018, motor carriers reported almost 600 incidents of cargo theft nationwide. Cargo thieves can take advantage of opportunities for crime, such as low security at a cargo hold, to steal thousands of dollars worth of cargo. Thieves stealing cargo can cause disaster along the supply chain. Use these tips to protect your cargo against criminals and avoid costly mishaps.

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Southwest Airlines Cargo Now Shipping Internationally, Beginning With Mexico


Cargo is expanding internationally in its shipping operations, with Mexico City the first port of call and further routes planned shortly. Our Teams have been hard at work getting ready for this historic milestone, and now we're set to take our award-winning Cargo services to places we've never been able to reach before," said Matt Buckley, Southwest's Vice President of Cargo and Charters. "We Southwest Airlines Co.

US ports face peak-season ‘gridlock plus’ as anchorages fill

The Supply Chain Journal

Delayed Yantian cargo started to arrive. Over on the East Coast, where dredging slowed the cargo flow at the Port of Savannah over the past month, there were 17 container ships at anchor off Georgia’s Tybee Island on Friday afternoon, according to MarineTraffic AIS data.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Supply Chain Update


Ocean Cargo Updates. Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China as the situation normalizes. The reopening of factories in China would see a gradual return of demand, but Alphaliner noted in a recent newsletter that cargo volume recovery was expected to take a few weeks.

Port of Corpus Christi reports record tonnage for LNG, agricultural goods

The Supply Chain Journal

The Port of Corpus Christi logged record results during the first six months of the year, reporting it moved more than 80 million tons of cargo. million tons of cargo, a 33.1%

Among Piers: Container record, terminal opening and COVID-19 vaccines

The Supply Chain Journal

Port Houston. Container moves at Port Houston in March climbed 20% year-over-year — and set a monthly record. Port Houston handled 297,397 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in March compared to 248,840 TEUs in the same month last year.

Letter from the CEO: Coronavirus Market Update


The major lanes between Houston/LA (I-10 Corridor), Chicago/Ohio, NJ/Eastern PA, and Atlanta remains the same with ample capacity however lead times have shortened. Cargo flows and ship calls are rebounding in China. Port of Houston is experiencing equipment shortages.

The Story Continues…. Let’s Don’t Sugar Coat the Real Issue

Supply Chain Shaman

The following week, I am speaking at the Ortec, Optimus Event in Atlanta , the RIS News event in Orlando , and the Demand-Driven Institute Event in Houston. Uncategorized cargo global trade inventory ports supply chain visibility This morning, my mailbox was bombarded with the news of tentative agreement of the settlement of the nine-month labor conflict between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

Gulf ports expanding their way to bigger profits

The Supply Chain Journal

That allows increased cargo and more container revenue for U.S. Port Houston ($877 – $1 billion) The Project 11 program will deepen and widen the Houston Ship Channel to handle two-way traffic of next-generation-size containerships.

Hurricane Harvey Updates


The rain has stopped in Houston, Texas, but the traumatic conditions left by Tropical Storm Harvey have not yet cleared. Tropical Storm Harvey lashed Houston, Texas — America's fourth largest city — and has proven to be extremely traumatic to tens of thousands of people and businesses. This has alerted shipping lines and prompted some to entertain rerouting cargo to New Orleans and Alabama, and even as far away as the Bahamas and Mexico. The mayor of Houston issued a 12 a.m.

Customer Advisory on Hurricane Harvey


As the unprecedented flooding and impact from Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt throughout Houston, SE Texas, and into Louisiana, the extent of the damage and cleanup efforts needed is becoming more clear. To keep you informed, the following information is the latest we are hearing from the Houston area. The reach of the flooding has expanded beyond Houston. The Port of Houston and the HOU and IAH airports are all closed.

Customer Advisory on Hurricane Harvey


As the unprecedented flooding and impact from Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt throughout Houston, SE Texas, and into Louisiana, the extent of the damage and cleanup efforts needed is becoming more clear. To keep you informed, the following information is the latest we are hearing from the Houston area. The reach of the flooding has expanded beyond Houston. The Port of Houston and the HOU and IAH airports are all closed.

Borderlands: More investment, manufacturing jobs for Mexico

The Supply Chain Journal

The port offers shippers access to the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as rail and highway access to major Texas cities such as Houston, San Antonio and Austin. The company also has a cargo airline called TUM AeroCarga.

FreightWaves Classics/Pioneers: Malcom McLean changed the freight world with intermodal containers

The Supply Chain Journal

In 1937, during a routine delivery of cotton bales from North Carolina to New Jersey, McLean watched dockworkers loading and unloading cargo from a ship. Only a certain number of trailers would fit on a ship, and other cargo space on board a vessel would be wasted. Malcom P.

FreightWaves Classics: Fallen Flags – Eastern Air Lines

The Supply Chain Journal

mail was effectively the first and most important air cargo.). Cargo first. Starting about 1985, Eastern ramped up its cargo operations on overnight flights. cities and connected primarily to Houston’s Intercontinental Airport.

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The History of the Shipping Container


Break-bulk loaded cargo was poorly secured required a Tetris-like approach to handle diverse sizes of packages. Small trucker, Malcom McLean, fumes at slow loading of cargo aboard ship – “There has to be a better way.”. to Houston, where the shipping containers are loaded onto trucks. First intermodal cargo transportation (containers are stacked on deck). Fitting facilitates cargo security and enables automation of container handling processes.

Fishing for airfreight in Louisiana’s bayou country

The Supply Chain Journal

The airport, located in Lake Charles, has become a center for maintenance, repair and overhaul work, but other than a random charter flight carrying a large piece of equipment for the local oil patch, there isn’t any cargo business. And every minute counts when it comes to air cargo.”.

Organized Retail Crime is Growing, Losses up 7% from Last Year

Material Handling and Logistics

Some ORC activity happens before merchandise ever reaches stores, with 29% of retailers saying they had been the victim of cargo theft that occurred along their supply chains. The top locations are 1) New York City; 2) Los Angeles; 3) Miami; 4) Chicago and Houston, tied; 5) San Francisco/Oakland; 6) Atlanta; 7) Baltimore; 8) Orlando; 9) northern New Jersey, Washington, D.C.,

Changing SRM Behaviors in a Period of $70/bbl Oil

Supply Chain View from the Field

I was in Houston yesterday evening, speaking to a large group of procurement executives at a roundtable held by KPMG’s Procurement Advisory Group, at the fabulous Brennan’s restaurant on Smith Street. The event was sponsored by Coupa, one of the leading providers of software, and several of the Coupa executives from the Houston area and from California were present.

Van freight gears up for the holidays

DAT Solutions

The threatened strike by UPS Freight (LTL) may already be causing shippers to divert their cargo to other channels. The Dallas and Houston markets continue to be extremely slow, with weak load-to-truck ratios. The West Coast continued to drive spot market demand last week. Load-to-truck ratios in Los Angeles hit 12.2 on Friday, even stronger than the prior Friday when it was just over 10.

What Happens To Your Freight During A Natural Disaster?

Freight Center

Hurricane Harvey by itself affected 10% of the nation’s trucking capacity after leaving Houston flooded. When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston it lead to the closure of its two hub airports, the George Bush Intercontinental Airport and the William P. The security and timeliness of your freight are of the utmost importance, which is why air cargo takes extra precautions to make sure your shipment is safely on its way.

Ocean Freight Routing Terms Explained

Material Handling & Logistics

This acronym stands for All Water Service, which is one of the most cost-effective ways to ship your cargo, and also one of the most eco-friendly ; however, it’s also one of the slowest forms of freight transportation. With AWS, your cargo will be shipped from the port of origin to its destination using only water routes. In the above example of an IPI move to Chicago, the cargo arrives on the U.S. Knowing the best way to route your shipment can save you headaches and money.

Warehouses Are Full as Holiday Season Commences

Material Handling & Logistics

A TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent. Cargo volume does not correlate directly with sales because only the number of containers is counted, not the value of the cargo inside, but nonetheless provides a barometer of retailers’ expectations. This has turned out to be a boom year for growth in import cargo volume,” says Ben Hackett, founder of Hackett Associates. “It Imports take a breather as retail shelves are fully stocked for peak season.