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Ports

America’s Third & Eighth Largest Inland Ports

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Four ports with ample available industrial user real estate

Northernmost lock- and ice-free port on the Mississippi River

105 million tons of cargo through the region annually

Two Ports with Container on Barge Capabilities

The ports and barge industries within the St. Louis Regional Freightway are based centrally along the Mississippi River, within close proximity to America’s agricultural heartland, major Midwest populations and manufacturing centers. The St. Louis region is served by the six North American Class I rail carriers, the regional switching carrier Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA) and other short line rail carriers. The region’s cost-effective rail service and modal flexibility provide national reach, carrier reliability, reduced travel times and competitive transportation costs.

“The St. Louis region is the envy of the barge industry. Located in the heart of the nation and strategically positioned at the northernmost ice-free and lock-free point on the Mississippi River.” -April 2016 Gary LaGrange Port of New Orleans CEO

The St. Louis Regional Freightway’s port system includes both the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis and portions of the Port of Kaskaskia, IL. The Port of Metropolitan St. Louis is the third largest inland port in the U. S. and the seventh largest port for domestic tonnage. Our region also includes the Port of Kaskaskia, IL the eighth largest inland port in the U.S. for domestic tonnage.

Our region is the northernmost lock and ice-free port on the Mississippi River and offers substantial fleeting operations. 105 million tons of cargo pass through the St. Louis region annually with 35 million tons crossing area docks. Port district operators and barge industry workers service high annual volumes of barges, while handling tons of fertilizer, steel, manufactured goods, coal, petroleum products and agricultural commodities.

The Freightway’s four ports offer an abundance of industrial user real estate for commercial and industrial development.