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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

Three 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. Our strategic location on the Mississippi River is the northernmost lock and ice-free port on the river and offers substantial fleeting operations. Efficiency has emerged as a hallmark of the region’s port system, which not only is the country’s third-largest inland port system, but also the most efficient. The St. Louis region’s port system is responsible for 70 of the 855 miles (8 percent) of the Mississippi River. These 70 miles carry one-third of the river’s total freight, a direct reflection of the system’s efficiencies. The barge industry can handle 500,000 tons per mile, which is two-and-a-half times more efficient than its closest competitors.

These strengths are even more evident along a 15-mile stretch of the Mississippi River which has gained recognition as the Ag Coast of America. It is home to 15 barge-transfer facilities that, at total capacity, can handle 150 barges a day – the highest level of capacity anywhere along the Mississippi River.

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