Russ: Hi this is PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. I’m Russ Capper. This week’s guest host, and today’s topic is port advisory services, and I’m here with Keith Miceli, international business advisor at PKF Texas. Welcome to the Playbook Keith.
Keith: Nice to be here.
Russ: You about understand the 12th year in a row Texas leads the nation in export business. What role has Houston played in that?
Keith: Not only is Texas the largest exporting state with $280 billion last year, but also last year for the first time Houston became the number one exporting city with a $140 billion dollars, and as you can imagine the overwhelming majority of those exports go on ships from our terminals to over 100 countries around the world. While Houston is considered the energy capital of the world, and the Texas medical center is the largest of its kind in the world, the port of Houston is the largest Gulf port handling 2 million containers last year, and is the largest U.S. great gulf port handling over 65 percent of all project cargo in the United States.
Russ: Wow that’s a business happening out there. Did I hear it right? $140 billion puts Houston as the number one exporting city in the country?
Keith: Yes and that’s about 45 percent of all Texas exports.
Russ: Wow really impressive. Well, Keith I really appreciate you sharing that with us. We want to talk about this topic some more later. Can you come back?
Keith: Yes sir.
Russ: Alright this has been another thought leader production brought to you by PKF Texas Entrepreneur’s Playbook. Tune in next week for another chapter.