Our Strategic Advantage
A major center for intermodal transportation and industrial development, the Port of Brownsville is the only deepwater seaport directly on the U.S./Mexico border. Opened in 1936, at the southernmost tip of Texas and connected to the Gulf of Mexico by a 17-mile-long ship channel, the Port of Brownsville is also the largest land-owning public port authority in the nation with approximately 40,000 acres.
As a bulk and break bulk commodity port, the Port of Brownsville has developed a versatile marine terminal operation for both liquid and dry cargoes. Petroleum products, diesel, heavy naphta, steel bulk materials, ores, scrap, sand, windmill components, and limestone are some of the many commodities handled here.
The Port of Brownsville is recognized worldwide as the premier U.S. port for ship recycling and is home to the largest U.S. fabricator of offshore drilling platforms. Other services found at the port include bulk terminaling for liquids, break bulk heavy lift in project cargo, steel fabrication, storage, crane services, towing and tug services among others.
Businesses use our exceptional facilities to transport cargo to markets around the world.
Main channel depth
The Brownsville Ship Channel has a current design depth of 42 feet. The Turning Basin, has a current design depth of 36 feet and a width of 1,200 feet. The Port of Brownsville has received full congressional authorization to deepen its channel to 52 feet.
Land available for development
The port owns approximately 40,000 acres (16,187 hectares) of land available for development. Developed and undeveloped sites are available in the port’s Turning Basin for cargo facilities, industrial sites, expansion, relocation, manufacturing, greenfield projects, and more.
Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 62
Best in the U.S. 2015
* Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 is ranked No. 2 in the nation for the value of exports
* Ranked No. 21 overall among all FTZs in the nation for the value of imports
* Exported commodities valued at $3.6 Billion
* Imported commodities valued at $3.2 Billion
* Top 3 commodities: petroleum products, steel and metals