Texas Ports create over 1.4 million jobs generating $82.8 billion in personal income.

  • Texas ports rank No.2 in U.S. exports, and handles 564.7 million tons of foreign and domestic cargo.
  • 1.4 million jobs in Texas are in some way related to the cargo moving via maritime terminals located in Texas.
  • Texas ports represent over $82.8 billion in economic value to the state.
  • Marine cargo activity at Texas’ public marine terminals generated $277.6 billion in economic activity for the State of Texas.
  • A total of $2.4 billion of direct, induced and indirect state and local taxes are generated by maritime activities at the public and private port terminals in Texas.

Ports Impact the State from the Coast Inland

  • Agricultural products and livestock grown on Texas farms and ranches are exported to foreign countries through Texas ports.
  • The U.S. petrochemical industrial complex concentrated near the Texas coast imports and exports product through Texas Ports.
  • Three Texas ports are designated by the Department of Defense as strategic military ports, providing surface deployment and distribution for strategic military cargo worldwide.
  • Industrial and agricultural machinery is imported and exported through Texas Ports.
  • Containerized shipments carrying goods for WalMart and other major retailers enter the U.S. through Texas Ports.
  • Foreign manufactured automobiles are distributed to dealers all over the country after arriving at Texas Ports.
  • Gulf coast sea food is transported inland to consumers after being caught and processed at Texas Port.
  • Vacationers from Texas and surrounding states embark on cruise vacations from Texas Ports.

Texas Competes in the Global Economy

  • Texas Ports rank No. 2 in the U.S. in waterborne commerce handling 564.7 million tons.
  • Texas Ports rank No. 1 in U.S. in overall tonnage throughput.
  • TxDOT reports: 2014 Texas Port Report.
    • Texas Ports 2015-2016 Capital Program Executive Summary

Bringing It All Together

Texas Ports are connected to one another and to the rest of the U.S. inland waterway system by the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW). The GIWW allows ocean going shipping to connect with barge traffic. The Texas portion of the GIWW transports more than 73 million tons of cargo annually, moving in 52,773 barge movements. In comparison, the same cargo volume would take over 3 million container trucks or over 570,000 rail cars to transport.

TxDOT report: Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Master Plan