What We Do

National Shipping is the only carrier serving Puerto Rico from Houston, Texas. We provide fortnightly service with US Flag, Jones Act endorsed, National Glory. She is a fully cellular container ship crewed with 19 USA citizens.

The MV National Glory (570 teu container ship), sails every other Wednesday night from Jacintoport in Houston, arriving the following Wednesday morning in San Juan with cargo availability the same day.

National Shipping is proud to advise that for the past seven years we have provided a dependable and reliable service. Since the closure of Horizon Lines in December of 2014, we are the only carrier to offer a Houston gateway for the Puerto Rico trade. Houston serves cargoes originating and destined to points west of the Mississippi and caters to heavy, dense cargoes that are not cost effective to move via Jacksonville. In addition, we offer carriage of out of gauge cargoes up to 200 tons per piece and intermodal West Coast service to and from Puerto Rico.

In addition to dry cargo, National Shipping offers refrigerated service in 40’ high cube reefers.

Our terminal in Houston provides transloading facilities on dock. National Shipping is proud to have served the Puerto Rico market from Houston for the past seven years. We are a small flat organization that emphasizes personalized customer service and fast response to our customer’s needs.

Our customer service team (Norton Lilly International) is domiciled in Jacksonville, FL and staffed by bilingual professionals.

Food & Refrigerated Cargo

Food & Refrigerated Cargo

NSA’s container ship, The National Glory, is fitted with 96 refrigerated container plugs and uses  a state of the art fleet of 40’ high cube reefer containers.
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Pharma & Medical Cargo

Pharma & Medical Cargo

Ideal for COVID-19 relief
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Out of Gauge/Project Cargo

Out of Gauge/Project Cargo

NSA partnered with GE to move Portable Power units from the Port of Houston to support the energy needs of Puerto Rico.
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The NSA Advantage

Fully Cellular

U.S. Flag container ship with Jones Act trading rights dedicated to the Houston/Puerto Rico trade


Slow speed diesel capable of burning 0.1% Sulfur for lowest environmental impact and compliant with IMO2020 regulations


Congestion-free terminals in Houston and San Juan provide quick turn times and value-added cargo handling services


Wide variety of new container availability: D20’ / D40’HC / D45’HC / Reefer / 40’ Flat Racks for OOG


Ability to carry oversize, out-of-gauge and project cargo

Reefer Ready

96 reefer plugs for temperature control products and perishables


24/7 shipment visibility

Unique & Certified

Only Houston vessel caller serving Puerto Rico – A certified minority small business enterprise (USPAACC)

Excellent Customer Service

Small, flat organization facilitating fast responses to our customers’ needs

Rate Request Form

At National Shipping Agencies, we pride ourselves in providing fast and accurate rate quotes to our customers. We typically can get you a response withing 5 hours or less. Fill out our online rate request form and we will be in touch with you shortly.

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Track Your Shipments

NSA provides real-time shipment tracking to our customers. You can eliminate time on the phone by simply entering your booking or container number to see exactly where your shipment is and when it is scheduled to arrive at its destination.

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