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storage operators understandably seek assurance that there will be sufficient volume to justify investments, yet shippers need to have infrastructure in place before committing to shipping perishable goods through the port. “It’s not an impossible task,” says Arias, adding that the port is doing its part to help with infrastructure development. Recently, Port Houston installed more reefer plugs to support growth in refrigerated cargo. Meanwhile, the port continues to make strategic investments to increase its ability to handle more containers and bigger vessels. Last August, the port installed three new 270-foot super post-Panamax cranes at its Bayport Container Terminals and took delivery of five new rubber-tired-gantry (RTG) cranes. The three new cranes bring the total ship-to-shore cranes operating at Bayport and Barbours Cut Container Terminals to 26, with 13 of those being super post-Panamax cranes. Five more RTGs were delivered to the port in September. All told, Port Houston’s investments in terminals, equipment and infrastructure totals about $1 billion. “It’s important for the trade community to know that Port Houston is in growth mode,” emphasizes Arias. Nonetheless, the ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China are being felt in Houston, according to a report from the Greater Houston Partnership. “China ranks as Houston’s second-largest trading partner (behind Mexico), with more than $18.8 billion in goods moving between Houston and the Asian nation in 2017,” adding up to 9.8 percent of all international trade for the region, according to the agency. Most of the exports from Houston to China were related to the energy industry, including oil, fuels, chemicals, plastics and industrial machinery. The top goods www.foodlogistics.com

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imported through Houston from China include industrial machinery, electrical machinery, computers, iron and steel, and consumer goods such as toys and furniture. “Houston’s relationship with China has grown more important over time,” adds the Greater Houston Partnership. “In 2001, China ranked 14th among Houston’s trading partners. Since 2015, it has ranked either first or second, often trading spots with Mexico.”

Coffee Perks Up Imports

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Cimcorp Automation Ltd...................................... 9 ComplianceMate.................................................... 43 Controlant................................................................. 31 DSC Logistics........................................................... 17 Elemica........................................................................ 23 FST Logistics, Inc.................................................... 37 Great Dane Trailers Inc....................................... 54 H&M Bay Inc............................................................ 35 iGPS Logistics LLC................................................. 15 Kenworth Truck Corp............................................. 5 KNAPP Logistics & Automation................... 2-3 North Carolina Ports Authority......................... 7

There are only five ports in the Old Dominion Freight Line Inc........................ 13 U.S. that are designated as a coffee Port of Long Beach................................................ 49 exchange port by the New York Port Tampa Bay....................................................... 41 Board of Trade, and Port Houston is Q Products and Services.................................... 39 one of them. Superior Tire & Rubber Corp........................... 25 When the designation was Systems, LLC............................................................ 21 received in 2003, it provided the Uline............................................................................. 51 port with a higher profile among Utility Trailers.......................................................... 29 coffee traders. Specifically, it meant Vanderlande Industries Inc............................... 11 that Port Houston was an approved Viking Cold Solutions, Inc.................................. 27 delivery point for the Coffee “C” futures contract trades on the New York board of Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange. According to the Greater Houston Coffee Association, there are SHIPPING SUPPLY SPECIALISTS over 50 coffee-related companies in the Houston OVER 1,600 BOX SIZES region and more than 160 in Texas. In addition, the region has over one-third of the market and is the only coffee exchange port west of the Mississippi. Last April, Sealand – a Maersk company, launched a new service, the Gulf Ocean Express (GOEX), that connects Port Houston with Central America, Panama and Colombia. While the ORDER BY 6 PM FOR SAME DAY SHIPPING service supports exports of frozen meat and other commodities from Port Houston, coffee and COMPLETE CATALOG other agricultural goods 1-800-295-5510 uline.com are among the imports transported via Sealand’s GOEX service.

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Food Logistics March 2019  

Food Logistics is the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food and beverage supply...

Food Logistics March 2019  

Food Logistics is the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food and beverage supply...