On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on future of the Port of Houston with Houston Public Media News 88.7 Business Reporter Andrew Schneider.
Robert Sakowitz, president and CEO of Hazak, a business strategies and marketing consulting company, recently stopped by Bauer Business Focus after developments in the negotiations of the west coast ports.
The Port of Houston is preparing for ways the negotiation could impact Houston. In the long run, it could give the Panama Canal Authority and the Port of Houston an advantage in future arguments of demand modeling and demand analysis to show that one of the three top criteria for all shippers and liners is reliability, Sakowitz said.
“When they see that there are strikes at their number one spot, Los Angeles’ Long Beach, to get goods to mid-America they’re going to take second thoughts and it actually gives good ammunition to the Port of Houston for the future when trying to negotiate getting people to come to the port and gulf coast ports through the panama canal,” Sakowitz said. “After all, the new canal locks, which are under construction now, will be able to take three times the ships size as they currently do.”
In the event of a stevedore strike, ships will be circling outside the port or will head to other ports then have to ship by rail, resulting in a high cost and inconvenience and pressure on both parties to settle.
“It also just brings up the argument that the Gulf Coast Port, in the future, is really the way that as many ships as can get through the canal and come to gulf coast ports should go,” Sakowitz said.
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