Selected 2012-2014 Trade Flows and Texas Gulf Ports: Panama Canal and South American Markets

Economic diversification and trade are among the top reasons Texas weathered the Great Recession in comparatively strong fashion. Moreover, the ability of Texas businesses to engage in the global market is a key to future success. During 2010, Texas was the top exporting state in the nation with $206.6 billion of goods. The expansion of the Panama Canal will provide an opportunity for Texas to expand linkages with the growing economies of South and Central America. This research project will provide critical data to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and transportation planning entities, providing an opportunity for taking proactive roles in ensuring that the right conditions exist for future economic growth in the state. The research will obtain data and information from key individuals and organizations regarding current and projected future trade and freight routing and the impacts on trade from the expansion of the Panama Canal. Participants in the study will include the Panama Canal Authority, ocean carriers, Class I railroads, and third-party logistics providers. The data gathered will be combined with data and information from other sources to assess current trade patterns and provide trade forecasts for 2014, 2017, and 2020 by Texas port and major community group.


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    • Status: Terminated
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Texas Department of Transportation

      125 E. 11th Street
      Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
    • Project Managers:

      Khankarli, Gus

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of North Texas, Denton

      1501 Chestnut, Hurley Administration
      Denton, TX  United States  76203
    • Principal Investigators:

      Clower, Terry

    • Start Date: 20111101
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20130228
    • Source Data: RiP Project 32055

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01475008
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 0-6690-UNT
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Mar 10 2013 1:00AM