Inland Ports

Inland Ports

Timely news, analysis, case studies and videos about inland ports in the US and elsewhere – and their impact on shippers, transportation providers and suppliers of distribution and logistics services. 

Thanks to dramatic improvements in intermodal transportation and logistics technologies, the major distribution processes that formerly needed to be managed at seaports can now be managed – or co-managed – at various locations across the entire supply chain, including at various inland ports, which were long thought of as too distant geographically to play a key role in the global transportation and distribution of valuable goods.

Ordinarily located along Class 1 railroad lines and major road networks, inland ports offer intermodal transfer facilities and international trade processing and other services that may be linked to specific seaports. Distribution centers and other warehousing facilities are generally co-located with inland ports, even on site.

Each emerging full-fledged inland port – such as Houston, Chicago, Kansas City, Fort Worth, St. Louis, Atlanta, Memphis, Columbia (SC), Charlotte (NC), and California’s Inland Empire -- functions as a hub designed to move international shipments more efficiently and effectively from maritime ports inland for distribution elsewhere. 

In the southeast US, port authorities have opened up various inland ports to eliminate multi-hour drays, free up truck capacity and raise driver capacity.

In South Carolina, Inland Port Greer, owned and operated by the South Carolina Ports Authority, is located 212 miles inland from the Port of Charleston. Inland Port Greer offers importers discharging goods at the Port of Charleston access to Norfolk Southern’s intermodal services. Similarly, Inland Port Dillon, 160 miles from Charleston, also linked to the Port of Charleston, provides ready access to CSX Transportation Intermodal train services, which extend into the midwest and northeast US. 

In Georgia, Appalachian Regional Port, 388 miles northwest of Savannah, also provides quick access to CSX Transportation Intermodal. Virginia Inland Port, at Front Royal, Virginia, located 220 miles northwest of the port of Norfolk, provides direct access to Norfolk Southern intermodal services.

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Because freight moves through local, national, continental, and international networks, the federal government must take leadership in solving some of the current supply chain conundrums.

News & Analysis

03 Oct 2022
BNSF’s proposed inland hub 130 miles from Los Angeles–Long Beach will reduce port congestion and eliminate thousands of truck moves by shuttling marine containers by rail to transloading warehouses.
15 Aug 2022
The proposed rail-served Mojave Inland Port 90 miles north of Los Angeles is being pitched as a one-stop shop for retailers, logistics providers and the railroads as an alternative to the congested truck corridors in the more densely populated Inland Empire.
05 Aug 2022
Falling water levels on the Rhine are a seasonal problem, but this summer a European heatwave and low rainfall has left parts of the river virtually impassable.
15 Apr 2022
Logistics provider Valor Victoria is looking to reduce port congestion in Los Angeles-Long Beach by purchasing slots on Union Pacific trains and shipping containers to inland hubs such as Salt Lake City.
12 Jan 2022
Several Southeast ports will expand container capacity in 2022, but the question for most is when will Savannah clear all the anchored vessels outside its harbor?
30 Apr 2021
The South Carolina Ports Authority will expand Inland Port Greer, using a federal grant to add more space to the container yard, the chassis yard, and build new facilities for terminal operations.
30 Apr 2021
Union Pacific Railroad will open a transload facility adjacent to a Chicago-area container terminal to meet rising demand for containerized agricultural exports amid ocean capacity challenges.
17 Feb 2021
Texas is the epicenter of supply-chain damage caused by Winter Storm Uri, but the disruption is being felt nationwide. Mexican imports by truck may be delayed for days.
24 Apr 2020
A new international distribution center in Houston blends US trucking and containerized imports as less-than-truckload carrier Averitt reaches deeper into US consumer markets.
07 Feb 2020
Sponsored: CenterPoint Properties' Matt Mullarkey on Chicago as an inland distribution hub, congestion challenges, sustainability in real estate, and the continued evolution of the e-commerce impact.
27 Jan 2020
Despite stiff truck competition, East Coast ports have taken aggressive steps to capture more intermodal cargo and spend significant capital to build out rail infrastructure.
20 Dec 2019
Senior Trucking Editor Bill Cassidy provides highlights from the 2019 JOC Inland Transportation conference in Chicago, discussing technology, customer demand, and the keynote speech by J.B. Hunt's Shelley Simpson.
04 Dec 2019
Shippers looking to move cargo through Central New York State now have the option of using a new inland port opened by CSX Transportation in Syracuse.
11 Oct 2019
Join us at the JOC Inland Distribution 2019 in Chicago, Oct. 21-23, to gauge direction of the market, interact with industry peers in regional Think Tanks, and begin to build your company's vision, budget, and plans for the next decade.
30 Sep 2019
The Dubai-based global port terminal operator is looking to position an existing inland freight terminal in Hyderabad as a regional multimodal distribution hub as part of a larger effort to offer integrated logistics services in India.
20 Jun 2019
The alliance between India’s containerized rail leader and digital startup could signal the future of supply chain logistics in the country.
28 May 2019
The terminal operator’s acquisition of a majority stake in three large inland logistics centers in North India builds on services offered via Indian intermodal subsidiary Container Rail Road Services (CRRS).
14 Mar 2019
Port authorities in the US Southeast have opened up inland ports in recent years to eliminate mutli-hour drays, free up truck capacity, and raise driver productivity.
06 Mar 2019
Shippers using the inland container depot to store empty containers will now be subject to an additional $6 per day charge.
Containers at Chittagong port.
21 Dec 2018
With annual handling volume increasing substantially, Chittagong faces yard congestion throughout the year.
Gov. Nathan Dean.
03 Dec 2018
Although trains will still go through Atlanta, there will be a number of advantages for shippers by avoiding vehicle traffic.
18 Dec 2017
Shippers in the vicinity of the port could save hundreds of dollars to move goods through the Port of New York and New Jersey.
10 Nov 2017
Sponsored: E-commerce trends are spurring a growing interest in urban multi-story industrial distribution facilities, said CenterPoint's Tony Beck. 
18 Aug 2017
Diversion routes in Germany are also out of service because of engineering work, threatening further delays at Europe’s top container port.
02 Aug 2017
The Bangladesh government is welcoming private sector investments in inland container terminals.
25 Jul 2017
Starting Aug. 1, three time-definite train runs a week will be introduced linking inland locations to Mundra and Pipavav.
11 Jul 2017
A leading European barge operator is imposing a congestion surcharge in Antwerp and Rotterdam.
05 Jul 2017
The recent cyber attack on the Maersk Group made existing congestion worse.
27 Jun 2017
Renovation of the port’s low-water ro-ro dock follows the completion in 2016 of a two-year, $13 million rebuilding of the main dock at the Tulsa-Catoosa port.
26 Jun 2017
The challenge with chassis shortages is that they are just as chronic and pervasive as they are nuanced.
22 Jun 2017
Senior Development Consultant Aaron Stewart on the Tennessee Valley Authority's work creating economic development opportunities in Memphis. 
26 Apr 2017
Geographically, the region is easily accessible to the US East and West coasts and offers interline connectivity for eastern and western railways while bypassing infamous Chicago congestion.
23 Feb 2017
As railroads are moving intermodal operations closer to their end markets, those end markets are fighting back projects they say test the limits of local infrastructure.
19 Dec 2016
Shippers want the rail industry to try a slew of new approaches, but those changes may not materialize.
12 Sep 2016
The new Inland Port Dillon will build on the momentum of South Carolina's first inland operation in Greer.