Vol. 4 , No. 8, January 2020
Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville ranks number 3 in the nation for the value of exports. Millions of tons of steel products. such as steel rolls, steadily flow from the port's docks to Mexican manufacturers.
FTZ No. 62 Ranks in Top 3 in the U.S.
Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 (FTZ) at the Port of Brownsville remains near the top in the nation for the value of exports, according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board’s annual report to Congress released in late November.
FTZ No. 62 ranks third in the country with more than $3.8 billion in exported commodities in 2018, an increase from the $3.5 billion reported in 2017. Since 2012, the port’s FTZ has consistently ranked in the top three for exports out of 293 FTZs nationwide. Additionally, FTZ No. 62 ranks number 21 in the nation for the value of imports totaling $3.9 billion, up from $3.6 billion in goods reported in 2017.
"Our consistent ranking among the top foreign trade zones in the country is the result of the Brownsville Navigation District’s commitment to enhance the port’s infrastructure to facilitate the movement of goods," said John Reed, Brownsville Navigation District Chairman. "This success positions the port to develop greater economic opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley."
Eduardo A. Campirano, Port Director and CEO, interviewed by KRGV News Channel 5 reporter Angelo Vargas.
SpaceX Projects Expected to Bring Economic Growth at Port of Brownsville
SpaceX is expanding at their Boca Chica location. Some of the new equipment has already been shipped through the Port of Brownsville.

"As they develop and become larger and they invest more money in the region, there is that trickle-down effect. It will help contribute to sustaining and hopefully creating more jobs here at the port which impacts the region and impacts our local community," said Port Director and CEO Eduardo A. Campirano.
Windmill blades and other components regularly arrive at the port, where the windmill industry has taken root creating a new industry for the Rio Grande Valley.
Port Wind Projects Increase in 2020

The Port of Brownsville supported four wind projects in 2019 and expects more on the horizon in 2020.

Five wind projects have been confirmed for the new year reaffirming the port's key role supporting wind projects in the United States and Mexico.

In December, German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group announced an order to supply and install 42 wind turbines for a project to be built in the state of Tamaulipas.

The Port of Brownsville will assist in the transportation of wind components to support this project.

The project will start in spring 2020 and include wind turbines with a combined rated output of 138 megawatts.
Port of Brownsville staff led by Deputy Port Director Donna Eymard worked together to deliver toys to St. Eugene de Mazenod Catholic Church and Proyecto Juan Diego for local families.
Christmas Toy Drive
Delivers Smiles
Port of Brownsville staff helped Santa make holiday wishes come true for children in need.

Toys collected during the toy drive
were delivered to Proyecto Juan Diego and St. Eugene de Mazenod Catholic Church.

Deborah Duke retired at the end of 2019 after more than 35 years of service to the Port of Brownsville.
Services Director Deborah Duke Retires
Port of Brownsville Administrative Services Director Deborah Duke has retired after more than 35 years of service. Duke first joined the Port of Brownsville in 1982 and retired in December.

"Debby has been a wonderful asset to the Port of Brownsville, her knowledge and dedication have left a lasting impression," said Port Deputy Director Donna Eymard. "We thank Debby for her professionalism and wish her the very best in her retirement."

Duke is succeeded by Margie S. Recio as the Administrative Services Director. 
The  Port of Brownsville  is making significant infrastructure investments to enhance its operations and attract new businesses to the region.

Take a look at how t he Port That  Works  continues to transform the economic landscape of the Rio Grande Valley.






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From left to right: Port of Brownsville Chief of Police & Security Carlos L. Garcia, Harbor Master Michael Davis, Communications Specialist Christina R. Garza, Director of Human Resources and United Way Board of Directors Chairman Jaime Martinez, Executive Assistant to Port Director/CEO Janie Velasquez and Manager of Engineering Services Manuel Martinez.
Supporting United Way
Port of Brownsville staff volunteered at the United Way of Southern Cameron County office in December to fill more than 50 snack bags to distribute to Brownsville Independent School District students at risk of going hungry over the school holidays.
The Port of Brownsville is proud to support the United Way of Southern Cameron County and their mission to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community.
Proposed LNG facilities at the Port of Brownsville are expected to receive natural gas from the Permian Basin.
West Texas
Gas Could Fuel Proposed Port LNG Facilities
Tens of billions earmarked for three liquefied natural gas projects at the Port of Brownsville could ultimately help natural gas from the Permian Basin find its way to international markets.

"Ultimately, West Texas gas could find its way here," said Eduardo Campirano, Port of Brownsville Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Speaking by telephone with the Reporter-Telegram, Campirano cited one of the projects – NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG – "will push natural gas from West Texas and South Texas."
It speaks to the sustainability of the Permian Basin "beyond the boom and bust cycle."
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