ExxonMobil Chemical and The Home Depot Join Port of Houston Authority at 2015 Inaugural Container Trade Outlook Conference

Panama Canal Authority to Provide Expansion Project Update

Houston, Texas, UNITED STATES

HOUSTON, Oct. 14, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Port of Houston Authority has partnered with the Containerization & Intermodal Institute (CII) to host the first annual Container Trade Outlook Conference, which will be held at the Houston DoubleTree Hotel at Bush Intercontinental Airport Nov. 18, 2015.

This pioneering event brings together high-level speakers for a riveting discussion about the outlook for the container trade. Perry Padden, Americas Logistics and Distribution Manager, Global Supply Chain, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, and Reade Kidd, Director, International Logistics, The Home Depot, Inc., will lend valuable insight on cargo projections and gateway outlooks.

Manuel E. Benítez, deputy administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, will deliver the event’s keynote address and provide updates on the expansion project at the Panama Canal. Port of Houston Authority Executive Director Roger Guenther will deliver opening remarks, while Port Authority Chief Commercial Officer Ricky Kunz will participate on the Container Trade Outlook panel.

Join the Port of Houston Authority for this inaugural event with a networking reception at the end of the conference. The first annual Container Trade Outlook Conference arrives in the midst of fast evolution in regional and global containerized shipping markets.

Visit www.containerization.org to learn more about the conference and register early, as space will fill up quickly.  A $125 registration fee gives access to the conference sessions, luncheon and networking reception.

 A room block is available for $159 for Nov. 17-18 at the DoubleTree Houston Intercontinental Airport. Call 1-855-610-8733 and ask for the CII Conference room block for the dates. This room block will be available through Nov. 3, 2015.

About the Port of Houston Authority
For more than 100 years, the Port of Houston Authority has owned or operated the public cargo-handling facilities of the Port of Houston – the nation's largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage.  The port is an economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas and the nation.  It supports the creation of more than one million statewide jobs and more than 2.1 million nationwide jobs, and the generation of economic activity totaling more than $178.5 billion in Texas and $499 billion across the nation. For more information, visit the Port Authority website at: www.portofhouston.com

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