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.

 

Webcasts

Midyear Trucking Report: Is a Rally or Retreat Ahead?
Aug 25, 2016 2:00PM EDT

Commentary

The latest trend in transportation, the latest competitive tool, is a port not on the coast and not on the water either. No water — an inland port … a dry port.

News & Analysis

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.
02 May 2016
Marine highways, or container transport via inland and coastal waterways, have had a rough go in the United States, but the U.S. Maritime Administration says it has learned from missteps.
20 Apr 2016
Hot on the heels of a record-setting March for South Carolina’s inland port in Greer, the South Carolina Ports Authority announced Wednesday that it plans to pursue a second inland facility near the North Carolina border.
15 Apr 2016
Senior Vice President of CenterPoint Properties Matt Mullarkey and JOC Senior Content Editor Alessandra Barrett talk about acquisitions, where inland ports and hubs have a bright future in the U.S. and how the increasing demands for immediacy by e-commerce firms are reshaping the industrial real estate market.
14 Apr 2016
The Port of Virginia set a new record in March for the amount of rail cargo handled in a month, despite a decline in overall containerized volume in the month.
18 Feb 2016
The government of Kazakhstan expects container traffic via the Khorgos-Eastern Gate dry port to rise by 200,000 twenty-foot-equivalent units this year due to its location on the China-Europe rail route, which is growing in popularity with shippers, according to an official spokesperson of JSC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, Kazakhstan’s national railway.