A Legacy of Contributing to our Community

In 2021, we celebrated our 85th anniversary! Since the Port of Brownsville first opened for business in 1936, it has remained a leader in developing economic opportunities and improving quality of life for the regional community of South Texas.


As a leading economic driver in South Texas, the Port of Brownsville is today responsible for over 51,000 local jobs, $3 billion in annual state economic activity, and more than $2 billion invested back into the Rio Grande Valley each year. As we celebrate our 85th anniversary, our economic vision is just as bright today as it was in 1936.

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Then & Now

Starting as an agricultural port that mainly shipped locally grown citrus fruits and cotton to overseas markets, the Port of Brownsville
has become a thriving infrastructure bustling with 273 companies, including the largest steel movers in the US.

Explore the port’s remarkable transformation throughout the last 85 years.

Men of Vision

Discover Our History

For 85 years, the Port of Brownsville has served the diverse needs of our regional community as a global hub for trade and commerce. The port’s original focus on agricultural products expanded greatly over the years providing today a diversified foundation in energy, steel, shipbuilding, ship recycling and other sectors. This is the history of the Port of Brownsville.

85th Anniversary News & Events

The port held a grand celebration on October 23, 2021,  in recognition of the support the community has provided over our 85 years.