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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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

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.
10 Feb 2016
Truck drivers who have been using a secondary access road to reach a major intermodal complex in the Chicago area have been forced to cope with longer turn times, fewer trips and higher costs — and they won’t be seeing any relief any time soon.
11 Jan 2016
Kerry Logistics Network’s Singapore subsidiary has been awarded the concession to operate inland ports in Yangon and Mandalay, two major commercial cities in Myanmar.
28 Dec 2015
West Virginia has always been coal country, but a new intermodal terminal in the state’s western corner could help change that, riding on a crest of rising intermodal and declining carload volume.
Greater Memphis Chamber
25 Nov 2015
Mark Herbison, Greater Memphis Chamber, on the city's history as a trade hub, current rail, river, road, rail and air advantages, as well as funding needs for infrastructure expansion.
Memphis Chamber's Strickland at TPM 2015.
28 Apr 2015
In October 2015, the JOC Inland Distribution Conference will take place in Memphis. Ernest Strickland, Memphis Chamber’s Vice President of International and Business Partnerships, discusses the city’s access and connectivity — unbeatable road, river rail and runway — and why the area is drawing the commercial/office sector as well as logistics and warehouse distribution operations.
The frequency of spot market loads from Los Angeles is increasing as the West Coast container logjam begins to break.
22 Mar 2015
Signs that the container logjam in Southern California is beginning to break are showing up on the truck spot market, as deconsolidated loads come up for grabs at West Coast warehouses.
19 Feb 2015
Multimodal logistics operator XPO sees opportunities as well as challenges in the West Coast container pileup, as shippers struggle to move freight inland.
Rail loading at Port of LA
18 Feb 2015
Shippers could see truck pricing 'skyrocket' as they scramble to move containers inland once the labor situation at U.S. West Coast ports is resolved, BB&T Capital Markets said.
29 Jan 2015
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — With transloading capacity scarce in Vancouver, an inland port 200 miles away aims to give forestry exporters the consistency in stuffing their products into containers they might not find in the greater Vancouver area.
13 Jan 2015
Challenges remain for second-tier suppliers of major manufacturers in China’s inland production centres more than 14 years after the Go West policy was introduced to shift factories away from the wealthier coastal areas and boost the economies of its poorer central provinces.
05 Dec 2014
As consumers raced to stores, spot truck rates rose higher in the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, DAT Solutions reports.
24 Nov 2014
U.S. shippers dependent on congested ports face a tough year ahead, FTR Associates says. But that doesn't mean 2015 will be easy — or cheap — for anyone shipping freight in the U.S.
24 Nov 2014
West Coast port congestion keeps spot market truck prices on inland routes high, and shippers are rethinking supply chains as cost rise.
20 Nov 2014
The South Carolina Ports Authority’s inland port of Greer continues to exceed performance expectations with rail lifts at the facility up 1.5 times over plan, with 17,714 moves since July.
31 Oct 2014
BNSF Railway’s relatively new intermodal terminal in the Kansas City area has attracted another shipper and fueled speculative industrial warehouse construction.
Weekly wrap-up: LA-LB congestion, ILA’s Daggett and Nicaragua canal
25 Oct 2014
Terminal congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach was clearly on the minds of JOC.com readers again this week, with six of the Top 10 stories focusing on the issue.
24 Oct 2014
Shippers and their logistics and transportation providers must collaborate, and not simply negotiate, if they hope to resolve a host of supply chain problems, starting with equipment, personnel and capacity shortages.
19 Oct 2014
Northern Southern Railway has increased the frequency of its intermodal service to the inland port of Greer, South Carolina, partially reflecting growth at the adjacent BMW plant.
Old Dominion Freight Line drayage truck.
29 Sep 2014
Old Dominion Freight Line is expanding its U.S. intermodal drayage network at ports and inland railheads, strengthening the less-than-truckload carrier's connections with global shippers.
22 Sep 2014
Shanghai may be the busiest container port in the world, but almost half the boxes that cross its wharves every year are first carried down the mighty Yangtze River from manufacturing hubs deep inland.
09 Sep 2014
The port of Tucson, Arizona, will soon gain more capacity and have less traffic congestion, thanks to a expansi
Duisport, Germany, inland port
28 Aug 2014
Expansion of Duisburg’s container terminals has entered a new stage, taking the large German inland river port one step closer to meeting increased demand and additional rail traffic.
25 Aug 2014
Port San Antonio named a new president and CEO on Aug. 25, tapping a 25-year economic development veteran to lead the inland industrial development agency.
12 Jun 2014
Cargo growth at a major intermodal complex outside of Chicago has triggered a fight between the developer and users of the inland port and a village fearful of accidents caused by the increased congestion.
BMW exports autos through Port of Charleston
01 Apr 2014
South Carolina’s new inland port at Greer will get a big increase in the volume of autos and containers it handles for rail shipment to and from the Port of Charleston over the next couple of years. The leg up will come from the $1 billion investment that BMW announced March 28 to expand production at its automobile plant in nearby Spartanburg over the next two years.
Monterrey, Mexico
19 Mar 2014
The inland port of Monterrey, Mexico, is attracting new shippers, and new customs legislation will allow existing and future tenants to more easily tap foreign trade zone benefits.
29 Jan 2014
President Obama touched on trade, transportation infrastructure, water resources, natural gas fueling networks and trucks in his State of the Union address, pledging to use executive orders to advance his agenda where possible.
Railroad track in winter
17 Jan 2014
The polar vortex didn’t put the U.S. into a deep freeze for long but the widespread chill is still causing transportation problems for shippers, railroads and drayage truckers. Those problems may be contributing to stronger-than-usual business for over-the-road truckers.
23 Sep 2013
When the South Carolina Ports Authority broke ground for an inland port at Greer, S.C., it implemented a strategy that was based upon securing an anchor tenant and linking that exporter to the Port of Charleston with multi-modal transportation options that include short-haul rail.