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South Carolina facility at Greer, the state's first inland port.

Inland Port Projects
Advance in East

T

he inland port concept is generating strong interest and cargo growth on the East
Coast as freight flows increase through ports that are seeking to expand their markets.

The South Carolina Ports Authority is planning to build a
second facility at the same time that the Port of Virginia boosts
investments at its two inland ports. Strong volume increases,
such as 29 percent in South Carolina and 38 percent at a Virginia
terminal, are fueling the development. The Georgia Ports Authority is planning to add a second inland facility as well, and New
York/New Jersey port officials are working to build inland partnerships.
Joe Harris, a spokesman for the Port of Virginia, outlined multiple advantages for the state's two inland ports, located in Front
Royal and Richmond. Front Royal, the nation's first inland port,
has been open since 1989.
"They help to reduce emissions. They help to reduce traffic
congestion and wear-and-tear on the roads. They can provide a
savings to shippers and cargo owners," he said, while also serving
as catalysts for regional commerce and encouraging growth in
discretionary markets beyond the state.
"We continually assess needs and possibilities and keep open
the option of further development, but we will expand capacity

before we build a new inland facility,"
Harris said, citing planned expansion in
Front Royal.
Front Royal is on I-66 and is near
I-81, one of the nation's busiest truck
routes. Norfolk Southern trains connect
Front Royal with Norfolk International
Terminals and the Virginia International
Gateway in Portsmouth. Shipments
through Front Royal reached nearly
35,000 in the 2017 fiscal year that
Hoffman
ended on June 30. Richmond utilizes
barge moves from the deep-water ports to a facility adjacent to
I-95. Its fiscal year 2017 volume rose 38 percent.
Michael Hoffman, general manager of intermodal operations
for South Carolina's port agency, said the state's first inland port,
in Greer, was developed at the request of automaker BMW in
2013 to support inland moves from Charleston.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insights - November/December 2017

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 - Storms Create Recovery Challenges, Foster Valuable Lessons Learned
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Insights - November/December 2017 - Food Safety Modernization Act Could Help Increase Temp Control Freight
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Insights - November/December 2017 - Intermodal Rail Enhancements Continue in 2017, Focused on Service
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