Steel is a large and significant mainstay in Brownsville, where the port is the major gateway for steel into Mexico, moving more than three million short tons of steel commodities per year.
The Port of Brownsville is the closest deep-water port to Mexico’s industrial center in Monterrey – more than 100 miles closer than the nearest Mexican port, saving shippers time and money with direct access to many area factories.
Under construction is a major terminal development at the port to maximize the efficient loading of open-top gondola railcars for steel slab shipments to feed Ternium’s recently expanded mill in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. With an expected increase of steel throughput, the Port of Brownsville is planning to spend millions to accommodate greater volumes and expedite the movement of steel through the port.
The port is also a major transshipment center for liquid products like premium gasoline, diesel, jet fuels and lubricants, before being transported to final destinations across Mexico. Previously, customers in Mexico had to purchase energy through Pemex – but now, they can acquire commodities on the market through their own resources. As a result, demand for refined products continues to steadily grow and the port’s capabilities to manage large volumes gives customers the reach into the interior of Mexico – a significant advantage in the competitive market.