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St. Louis Regional Ports and Terminals Ranked Most Efficient

St. Louis Regional Ports and Terminals Ranked Most Efficient
September 21, 2017 Spencer Hallam
Saint Louis Regional Ports

St. Louis regional ports were ranked by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as the most efficient inland port district in terms of tons moved per river mile during 2015. The St. Louis region’s barge industry handled 500,000 tons per mile. The Ports of Huntington-Tristate, West Virginia and Ports of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky, ranked second and third respectively, moving over 200,000 tons per river mile, making the St. Louis region two and half times more efficient on its river usage than its closest competitors.

When it comes to inland ports and tonnage, the USACE ranked the region’s 70-mile port (the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis, Mo.) as the third largest in the nation, and combined with the nearby Port of Kaskaskia, Ill., the Port of Metropolitan St. Louis approaches the second highest in ranking.

Saint Louis Regional Ports

Those numbers underscore that the St. Louis region is the gateway to the world providing excellent access to all modes of transportation. With its unrivalled network of ports, river terminals and barges that move high annual volumes of fertilizer, steel, manufactured goods, coal, petroleum products and agricultural commodities, yet still have available capacity, NOW is an ideal time for manufacturers and logistics companies to relocate to our region.

Ranking Tons Moved
(per river mile)
Total Tonnage *Navigable miles
included in
respective ports
1 St. Louis, MO and IL 500,000 35,000,000 70
2 Huntington – Tristate, WV 215,000 43,000,000 200
3 Port of Cincinnati – Northern KY 200,000 45,000,000 225
4 Pittburgh, PA 130,000 26,000,000 200
8 Kaskaskia Regional Port, IL 5,900 5,890,088 36