Transportation 2018-02-13T15:49:42+00:00

The Port of Beaumont: Getting You Where You Need to be

Beaumont is more than just the crossroads of Southeast Texas. It is a gateway between the lower Mississippi Valley, the Southern Great Plains and western United States, and a node in a transportation grid that links it with all of North America.

At the Port of Beaumont, customers can take advantage of this detailed network of railways, roadways and waterways.

Railroad Connections


connects the Port of Beaumont with the U.S. mostly west of the Mississippi River.


links the Port of Beaumont with the American Midwest and Mexico.


offers rail links through the Mississippi Valley, Great Plains and western U.S.


Sabine-Neches Waterway- The waterway is the lifeline that drives the economies of Southeast Texas and the U.S. The Sabine-Neches Waterway, or the ship channel, is a “highway” through which more than 125 million tons of cargo are transported each year to energy, petrochemical and military users.

About the waterway:

  • Nation’s 3rd largest waterway (Source: American Association of Port Authorities)
  • #1 bulk liquid cargo waterway in the nation
  • Projected to become the largest LNG exporter in the United States
  • Refines a minimum of 13% of America’s daily fuel consumption
  • Stores 55% of the nation’s strategic oil reserves
  • Home of the nation’s #1 commercial military outload port
  • Refineries along ship channel produce 60 percent of nation’s commercial jet fuel
  • Refineries along ship channel produce the majority of U.S. military jet fuel

The ship channel is an irreplaceable link in our country’s energy and military transportation network. It links to an extensive pipeline system that supplies fuel to communities and businesses across the country. The ship channel and associated operations provide jobs, produce tax revenue and stimulate economic development in Jefferson County and southeast Texas.

Current annual economic benefits of the waterway to Jefferson County include more than $13 billion and more than 128,000 permanent jobs. These benefits extend throughout the state of Texas and the United States as a whole. Click here to see how.

Source: Sabine Neches Navigation District

Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – This canal links the Port of Beaumont with cities between Brownsville, Texas and Florida, and intersects with major inland waterways such as the Mississippi River and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. TheGulf Intracoastal Canal Association advocates for the canal’s interests.

Major Highway Connection

Interstate 10 – Major east-west highway that links Beaumont with major cities such as Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans and Jacksonville. Connections in those cities reach all corners of the U.S.

U.S. Highway 90 – An east-west route that follows Interstate 10 closely and provides alternate routes to Houston and points westward, and Louisiana’s coastal chemical and industrial corridor to the east. U.S. Highway 69 – Links Beaumont with Lufkin, Tyler, Dallas-Ft. Worth. This highway ends in Minnesota.

U.S. Highway 69/96 – conducts traffic northward toward Shreveport and connects with U.S. Highway 59 in Northeast Texas.

U.S. Highway 287 – leads to Dallas-Ft. Worth and continues through Amarillo and Denver, Colo. and into the Rocky Mountain region.