For the future of port development, look inland
Inland ports are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to intermodal transfer from ships to trains and trucks at congested coastal seaports. What are they, where are they, how do they work, and why should you consider them for your logistics needs?
As global trade recovers, many U.S. coastal ports will be stretched to their limits. Increasingly, inbound international cargo will be transferred directly from an ocean vessel to railcars and then transported to an inland location, away from the more congested port itself, for further processing and distribution.
Inland ports are designed to move international shipments more efficiently and effectively from maritime ports inland for distribution. As rail infrastructure and service improves and ship-to-truck logistics are challenged by everything from escalating fuel prices to driver shortages, the relatively few present-day inland hub options are expected to grow in number and capacity.
This paper provides, an introduction to inland ports, an analysis of when they are most advantageous for your business, and a real-time look at where the best opportunities lie now and in the future.
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