Dear Friends of the Port,

Over the last decade, the Brownsville Navigation District has made significant investments to maintain the Port of Brownsville’s standing as the global gateway for South Texas and Northern Mexico. We remain open for business moving the commodities our communities need. 

The Port of Brownsville stands a cut above the rest. As the largest land-owning port authority in the United States, we have room for growth and the logistical and transportation capabilities to make international trade efficient for our customers.

In the last year, we have celebrated the completion of important port projects benefiting our stakeholders and our communities. We continue on the course for growth, with plans to take on other major initiatives to further the sustainability of our regional economy.

These advancements would not be possible without the direction and commitment of my fellow commissioners serving the Brownsville Navigation District. It is an honor to work alongside these leaders to shape the future of our port and safeguard its legacy, over 85 years in the making.

The challenges of the last few years tested our resiliency and we prevailed by providing continued services and seeking economic opportunities to enhance our port’s ecosystem. 

The port has earned its reputation as the leading economic engine of the region. The impacts of our port ripple throughout the Rio Grande Valley, touching lives and strengthening our communities. Industries at the port continue thriving, creating over 9,000 jobs for South Texas and generating $3 billion in personal income.

Infrastructure investments further strengthen our mission to provide the best possible service. Our solid collaboration with local, regional, state, federal and other key stakeholders enables us to reach new milestones, such as the completion of the new South Port Connector Road, to provide a safer, faster commercial route for the region. 

I am proud to continue on our path as we maintain the port’s standing as a critical asset in our nation’s supply chain and remain committed to provide abundant economic opportunities for our business partners and community stakeholders. 

Thank you. 

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by Esteban Guerra, chairman of Brownsville Navigation District. The column first appeared in the Port of Brownsville’s 2022 Directory.


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