Officials with America’s Central Port in Illinois and the Port of New Orleans have formalized a marketing agreement to identify and facilitate commercial opportunities between the two ports.
The agreement was signed during the annual Inland Rivers and Terminals Conference in New Orleans last month and has now been formally approved by the Tri-City Port District Board. The deal is based on the strategic geography of the ports, which are both located on the Mississippi River, according to Dennis Wilmsmeyer, executive director of America’s Central Port.
Wilmsmeyer added that the widening of the Panama Canal, scheduled for completion in 2014, as well as inland port’s new South Harbor, currently under construction, will bring new intermodal opportunities to the two ports.
To implement this joint marketing effort, both ports have agreed to set aside funding for cooperative marketing, establish links on the two port websites and share related information. They will also assign specific personnel to work on the joint marketing effort, undertake an ongoing exchange of maritime market data and coordinate sales leads and joint visits with shippers, transportation users and partners.