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PORT - from page 19
'A Lot of Potential'
"We knew the cargo was
there [at Greer]," Hoffman
said. "And we knew there was
a lot of potential."
Greer handled 29 percent
more cargo in the first 10
months of 2017 than the
comparable 2016 period. An
inland port also is planned
along the CSX lines in Dillon,
South Carolina, with domestic
freight as a greater focus. The
target date for construction to
start is April 1.
Greer is served by Norfolk
Southern, and is located
along I-85 and near I-26.
BMW sought a route for
25,000 containers annually,
and became the anchor
tenant. The Greer facility's
Virginia's Front Royal, shown in this aerial photo, was opened in 1989.
presence has attracted
construction of automotive,
tire and other retailers' distribution centers in the area.
"[Inland ports] help to reduce emissions.
Greer has also attracted international customers in eastern
Tennessee, whose truckers' productivity has been improved by
They help to reduce traffic congestion
using the inland port. Drivers now can make two round trips in a
and wear-and-tear on the roads."
day to Greer instead of needing two drivers to make one run to
and from Charleston, Hoffman said.
- Joe Harris, spokesman, Port of Virginia
"Inland ports serve as a valuable
extension of a deep-water port,"
For example, logistics parks located along BNSF lines in
said Bethann Rooney, assistant
the Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas/Fort Worth and Memphis,
director in the Port Department at
Tennessee areas serve effectively as inland ports, offering the
the Port Authority of New York and
same in-bond international cargo moves as the ones located
New Jersey. "International maritime
closer to the deep-water docks.
ports are always pursuing strategies
Other similar intermodal facilities handle bonded cargo far
that improve regional truck flows
inland as well, he added.
associated with the container trade.

Committed to Collaboration

Rooney

The Port Authority of New York and
New Jersey is committed to collaborating with local entities and
supply chain partners on the development of additional inland
port facilities wherever there are clusters of ocean container
freight."
The New York/New Jersey agency is barred by law from
creating its own inland port because its jurisdiction is limited to a
1,500 square mile area around the Statue of Liberty.
Inland ports such as Front Royal and Greer are more than
200 rail miles from the docks. Those inland ports are relatively
close to the waterfront, but the approach literally can be applied
thousands of miles from shore.
Dean Wise, a former BNSF Railway and Conrail executive
who now heads his own consulting firm, said the inland port label
is a complicated one because the concept can be applied in so
many different ways and locations.

'Freight Magnets'
"These inland port facilities are big freight magnets and are
very important to the railroads and intermodal," he said, because
they help to provide more seamless service to customers. At the
same time, it helps ports to effectively add capacity by reducing
dockside cargo handling on those inland moves.
GPA's existing inland port is in Cordele, located in South
Georgia about midway between Atlanta and Jacksonville, Florida,
along I-75. Its rail service to Savannah also targets customers in
parts of Alabama and Florida that largely ship exports such as
cotton and peanuts.
An Appalachian Regional Port is being built in northwest
Georgia, also near I-75, in Chatsworth. The opening is slated
for 2018. It will serve industrial manufacturers of flooring and
automotive products, according to a port statement.
In Georgia, the state's ports authority approved $42.3 million
Port - continued on page 22

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IANA News
Storms Create Recovery Challenges, Foster Valuable Lessons Learned
Intermodal Benefits from Technology Grow in 2017, Should Increase in Future
Inland Port Projects Advance in East
Optimism Builds for Intermodal Freight
Food Safety Modernization Act Could Help Increase Temp Control Freight
Intermodal Rail Enhancements Continue in 2017, Focused on Service
Government News
International Intermodal News
Intermodal Information Services News
Welcome New Members
People News
Intermodal Calendar
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Insights - November/December 2017 - IANA News
Insights - November/December 2017 - Storms Create Recovery Challenges, Foster Valuable Lessons Learned
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