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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Commentary

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News & Analysis

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.