PortandTerminal.com, May 15, 2020
HOUSTON, TX – April cargo numbers at American ports are almost universally bad news these days.
Monthly volume at Port Houston, the 6th largest container port in the United States, showed a decline in April as the coronavirus outbreak continued to impact commerce in the U.S. and across the world, the company said in its release.
Port Houston handled a total of 221,540 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in April, a decrease of 12 percent compared to April of 2019, when a total of 252,693 TEUs were handled.
For the full year, however, Port Houston handled 994,627 TEUs through April, which is 5 percent more than the first four months of 2019.
Total tonnage at Port Houston’s public facilities was down 10 percent in the month of April at 3,766,756 short tons, a decrease of 3 percent year-to-date.
Port Houston handled 3,910 auto units in April, 41 percent less than the same month last year, and down 31 percent for the first four months as compared to the same period in 2019. Steel, primarily used in the energy industry, is down 50 percent year-to-date at 784,733 short tons through the end of April, a reflection of today’s turmoil in the oil and gas sector.
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