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November 26 2018 | The Journal of Commerce 19 www.joc.com US Gulf Report Cover Story Special Report A DOUBLE-DIGIT SURGE in con- tainerized imports from Asia through the US Gulf during the past two years bodes well for the efforts of Houston, New Orleans, and Mobile to attract additional all-water services from Asia. Port and terminal-operator executives point to the growth in imports of consumer mer- chandise, driven by expansion of import distribution centers in the region, as evidence that the Gulf can support more than its existing three weekly liner services from Asia. Imports are important to the ports' growth because carriers in the major east-west trades deploy capacity Surging imports from Asia position Gulf ports to attract more all-water services By Bill Mongelluzzo Poised for growth Shutterstock.com

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