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Houston Container Traffic at Record High in June

The US Gulf Coast remained on a record pace in June for container traffic out of Houston, a crucial port for Resin imports and exports. Data released by Port Houston this week showed June container volume for Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) totaled 323,823, an 11% increase compared with the same time a year earlier, and its biggest June ever for containers.

June also represented the fifth month this year with double-digit growth over 2021, while year-to-date, Port Houston has handled just below two million TEUs, an 18% increase compared to 2021.

"Port Houston is seeing record volumes at our container terminals but also some delays due to the enormous demand," said Roger Guenther, Port Houston Executive Director. "Just like others in our industry, we are looking for creative solutions to get the cargo where it needs to be as efficiently as possible."

Guenther added that he does not expect this surge in containers to slow down anytime soon, and Port Houston is actively pursuing multiple initiatives, such as extended Saturday hours, to maintain a fluid, high-velocity environment amid the high demand for containerized cargo.

Port Houston also noted that with June at 106% more container TEUs than last June and 25% more year-to-date moving through the general cargo terminals, the spillover cargo is likely a result of the industry looking for creative solutions to the record rates and disruption in the container market.

By The Plastics Exchange.

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