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Info for Truckers

The Port of Houston Authority understands how important time is to truckers moving cargo. The process for trucks picking up and leaving containers at Barbours Cut has been designed to be efficient and time sensitive. The information here should help truckers move through Barbours Cut without encountering delays.

Safety is of utmost importance at all times. Please review this safety manual:

Barbours Cut Terminal Trucking Industry Safety Manual (580 K)

Please watch this truckers safety video in either English or Spanish.

Barbours Cut Terminal Traffic Map

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
Truck drivers and all port users are required to have a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card in order to enter port property. The card is mandated by federal law and the program is administered by two federal agencies that are part of the Department of Homeland Security: the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Begin the TWIC enrollment process online here.

Uniform Intermodal Interchange & Facilities Access Agreement (UIIA)
The Uniform Intermodal Interchange & Facilities Access Agreement is a standard interchange contract administered by IANA and developed to promote intermodal productivity and operating efficiencies. The shipping lines and the Port of Houston Authority require all truck lines to be registered with UIIA prior to entering the facilities.  Click here to Apply Online for Participation in the UIIA. 

Customer Service Portal
The Port Authority’s online information system that tracks vessel arrivals and container movements is called Lynx. In order to register and begin using the system, please visit

Mobile Container App
The Port Authority has developed a mobile app that allows you to use your smart phone or device to check on the status of a container and its availability to be picked up.  It is very simple to use and the instructions can be found here.

Barbours Cut Terminal Map
This PDF diagram shows the four-step gate process through the Barbours Cut Terminal.

Barbours Cut Terminal Gate Process
Here are step-by-step instructions covering all kinds of transactions at the Barbours Cut gate.

Barbours Cut Terminal Hazardous Documentation Requirements
The Port of Houston Authority uses a paperless hazardous pre-advise system. Hazardous documents from the driver at the gate will not be accepted. Please see the current requirements here.

Equipment Locations
Before leaving to pick up an empty or a chassis, check with the steamship line to ensure the equipment has been released and is available. Verify size and type for your booking.

** ACL (Atlantic Container Line) Intergrated Marine Services
***ALI (Alianca) Intergrated Marine Services
***CHS (COSCO) Integrated Marine Services
** CNI (Compania Chilena De Navigacion) Intergrated Marine Services
    CPL (Compania Libra) Intergrated Marine Services
** HLC (Hapag Lloyd) Intergrated Marine Services
** HSC (Hanjin) Integrated Marine Services
** HSD (Hamburg SUD) Intergrated Marine Services
** NYC (NYK Line) Port Authority
** OOC (OOCL) Port Authority
***SSA (Saudi Line) Intergrated Marine Services

**These steamship lines are part of the GCCP Pool at Barbours Cut

***These steamship lines are part of the TRAC Leasing Pool at Barbours Cut

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The Port of Houston Authority

111 East Loop North
Houston, Texas USA 77029
Phone: 713-670-2400

P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas USA 77252-2562

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111 East Loop North
Houston, Texas USA 77029
Phone: 713-670-2400

P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas USA 77252-2562

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