Due to severe flooding from Hurricane Harvey, Green Worldwide Shipping’s Houston office has been closed. Employees were relocated to safety with no injuries as the water levels rose. Port terminals, major highways, rail lines, airports, Customs, trucking and warehouses have been and will remain closed with cargoes stuck until waters recede. The fourth-largest U.S. city is still expected to see more flooding before the long road to recovery can begin.
Over Memorial Day weekend, Green Worldwide’s Miami and Houston branches worked together to charter a Boeing 767 Freighter to Panama – an oil tanker was in dire need of an additive for petroleum fuels. Our Houston office received the phone call Saturday morning at 10:45 Central that product was needed in Panama for Monday morning. By 2:45 PM we had the solution. No commercial aircraft would be able to meet the deadline so a charter solution was provided. To add a little twist, the cargo being Haz Mat had to be re-packed to comply with IATA regulations and we would need our Haz Mat packer to inspect and label prior to pickup. Continue reading Cool Cargo: Teamwork Charter
While there has been trading along the gulf coast of Texas as long as anyone can remember, the official Port of Houston didn’t exist until the 20th century, making it one of the youngest ports in the world. Port of Houston would have never existed at all if it weren’t for Mother Nature.
In 1900, a massive hurricane hit the coast, becoming one of the worst natural disasters in American history. This convinced residents of Houston of the need for a deep-water port and President Woodrow Wilson officially opened the port to traffic as the World Port of Houston and Buffalo Bayou on November 10, 1914.
Port Houston was the first port to be built with federal funds and local matching funds, creating the requirement that every port in the United States since 1930 has had to meet. It was also the first port in the United States to see the first direct shipment of cotton to Europe and was the first port to meet ISO 14001 standards for environmental excellence, and the first port to be recertified to ISO 14001 standards.
Today, Port Houston is the busiest United States port regarding foreign tonnage and the second busiest port overall. It is a massive contributor to the Texas economy, with it providing over 1 million jobs in 2014 and having a statewide economic impact of $264.9 billion dollars. From Port Houston’s website:
Port Houston’s economic activity helps keep Texas the nation’s top exporting state. For the past 13 consecutive years, Texas has outpaced the rest of the country in exports. In 2014, Texas exports totaled more than $289 billion, up from nearly $280 billion in 2013, according to annual trade data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The state’s exports outperformed overall U.S. exports, which only grew by 2.4 percent to $1.62 trillion in 2014 from $1.58 trillion in 2013.
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We want you to join our family! Green Worldwide Shipping is building a world-class team of shipping professionals and seeks out talented team players who love a challenge and thrive on problem-solving. Green Worldwide currently has five open positions in five different cities.
Reporting to the Seattle (Tacoma, WA) office; this individual would be in charge of building and maintaining relationships with importers and exporters by initiating services, communicating their shipping needs to the operations staff and following up to make sure their needs are being satisfied.
Reporting to the Miami (Miami, FL) office; this individual must thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Must have an aptitude, creativity, and a preference for working in small, collaborative teams
Green Worldwide seeks an experienced Sales Manager/Sales Executive to generate revenue by attracting international shipping clients in the Chicago area. Reporting to the Chicago (Itasca, IL) office; this individual would be in charge of building and maintaining relationships with importers and exporters by initiating services, communicating their shipping needs to the operations staff and following up to make sure their needs are being satisfied.
Reporting to the Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) office; Green Worldwide seeks an individual with a deep understanding of the shipping industry and opportunities to negotiate favorable terms, as well as vertical experience in technology, automotive and consumer packaged goods. This individual is also responsible for mentoring new team members as our organization grows.
Reporting to the Houston (Houston, TX) office; this individual must thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. Must have an aptitude, creativity, and a preference for working in small, collaborative teams