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As Texas prepares for greater economic prosperity and integration under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the benefits of anticipated increased trade flows will depend heavily on the ability of the state's intermodal transportation infrastructure to efficiently accommodate additional traffic. One integral part of the infrastructure is the seaport and inland waterway system. This report presents a comprehensive review of the system, the results of which are intended to be integrated into the Texas Transportation Plan.
Included in the report are chapters on global, national, and Texas waterborne commerce; the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway; the present state of Mexican seaports; seaport access to the Texas railway and highway systems; legislation affecting Texas seaports; and issues affecting current and future port and waterway performance. The report also contains appendices that give profiles of individual Texas seaports. Included are Houston, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Texas City, Freeport, Bay City, Victoria, Port Lavaca, Brownsville, Port Isabel, Harlingen, Port Mansfield, Sabine Pass, Beaumont, Orange, and Port Arthur. There is also a profile of the Port of New Orleans, the major competitor of large Texas ports on the Gulf of Mexico. The profiles contain information on each port in the following areas: operations and services, top five imports and exports, existing facilities and equipment, modernization and expansion plans, strategic and master plans, revenues and expenditures, intermodal access and land transportation costs, economic impacts, and major issues affecting Texas ports.
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