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Demand for Inland Ports Continues to Rise

by Charlotte Freed | Sep 21, 2018

Shipments are loaded off of ships to be transported to inland portsGeorgia recently opened the United States’ newest inland port, the Appalachian Regional Port. The new port is expected to provide a push for business development in an area not necessarily known for its robust industry, and exemplifies the potential for sustained industry expansion. Greater demand for industrial space has caused growth in the area, specifically in port-related projects.

Georgia is not the only state focusing on the development of inland ports. Logistics Park Kansas City, an inland distribution hub situated along I-35, supplies a source of growth in spite of the government’s involvement with regulations and tariffs. Kansas City’s impressive web of rail lines and highways provides continuous development for the community. The central proximity of the intermodal hub allows international companies to easily connect to the global supply chain and ensure efficient arrival of their goods to their final destination.

While inland ports, like the Appalachian Regional Port and Logistics Park Kansas City, are newer in concept within the country’s freight system, the promise of these inclusions has proven to be beneficial for shippers and suppliers alike.

Situated away from traditional coastal, land, and air borders, inland ports provide a site to process and encourage international trade through multi-modal transport. Inland ports are able to provide value-added services throughout the supply chain, resulting in a number of additional international trade jobs. These hubs have produced work and industry in areas where it may have previously been unlikely for participation in the trade economy.

As inland ports’ influence on the economy grows, specifically in regions where it was previously unexpected, so does the interest surrounding the growth of these sites. As we see dramatic increases in freight volume, the need for inland ports is inevitable. Learn more about the importance of inland ports and their effect on transportation costs here.

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