Inland Ports

Inland ports are specialized locations developed to serve the intermodal transportation network. Ordinarily located along railroad lines, inland ports offer intermodal transfer facilities and frequently international trade processing and other services. They may be linked to specific seaports. Distribution centers and other warehousing are generally collocated with inland ports, even on site.

The Inland Ports section offers news, analysis and videos about inland ports and warehousing strategies. For additional content that may be of interest, visit the JOC’s Industrial Real Estate and Distribution Centers sections.

The current state of the sector and the selection and use of inland ports as part of a distribution strategy are on the agenda at the JOC’s inaugural Inland Distribution Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 18-19, 2013. Learn more about the conference.



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News & Analysis

12 Sep 2016
The new Inland Port Dillon will build on the momentum of South Carolina's first inland operation in Greer.
24 Aug 2016
A new white paper commissioned by the Van Horne Institute and completed by JOC outlines how Canada can build on its success in creating inland ports.
Target is just one of the many retailers and manufacturers grappling with the issue of inventory placement as e-commerce growth challenges logistics professionals.
23 Aug 2016
Retailer tightens control over delivery times, flow of inventory from warehouses as e-commerce grows.
The Cordele inland port, pictured, is just the first in a Georgia push to develop a network of inland port and hinterland rail networks to facilitate goods movement through the state.
22 Aug 2016
The new agreement highlights how Savannah, along with a handful of other U.S. ports, are tapping intermodal rail networks connected to inland hubs
18 Aug 2016
A wildfire northeast of Los Angeles continued to disrupt the flow of containers to and from the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles Thursday, but road and rail traffic was less affected than Wednesday, officials said.
18 Jul 2016
Inland ports are helping retailers cover supply chain gaps generated by growing e-commerce demand.
The closure of a road to CenterPoint Intermodal Center in Joliet, Illinois, pictured, added 16 miles on a round-trip basis and some have seen round trip times rise from about 30 minutes to 2 hours
14 Jul 2016
Truck drivers who have been using a secondary access road to reach a major intermodal complex outside Chicago have been forced to cope with longer turn times, fewer trips and higher costs — but a solution is in the works.
21 Jun 2016
DP World is continuing its search for investment opportunities along the China-Europe Silk Road.
31 May 2016
A container block train bound for Duisburg in Germany pulled out of the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi at the weekend, the latest milestone in the development of China-Europe container rail links.
03 May 2016
Allcargo Logistics, the parent of global non-vessel-operating common carrier ECU Line, plans to more than double annual revenue.