There are three categories of membership in the Texas Ports Association:
All public port authorities, deep and shallow draft, duly organized and existing under the laws of Texas, including those engaged in recreational and commercial boating and seafood production, and cruise and ferry operations, are eligible. Only active members are granted the right to vote.
All members and officials of institutions of learning, officers of private port terminal companies, boards of trade, chambers of commerce, civic associations, maritime service providers, lessees and partners, publishers, engineering and design companies and institutions whose purpose is the encouragement and development of trade and commerce.
Individuals including former members and officials of port authorities, retirees, and others outstanding in the field of port and harbor development who are nominated and voted on by the TPA Corporate members.