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

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. The March figure is the highest monthly total ever, surpassing the record set in October by 1,187 TEUs.

“We are seeing significant increases in cargo,” Port Houston Executive Director Roger Guenther said in a statement this week. “As container demand surges across our docks, our terminals remain efficient and free of congestion to provide the best service levels to our customers.”

A winter storm that temporarily shut down the port in February has taken a toll on 2021 throughput. Container moves from Jan. 1 to March 31 totaled 751,199 TEUs, down 3% from 773,087 TEUs in the same period in 2020.

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