Messages from Director

Messages from Director

September 9, 2017

If you attended the IRPT 2017 Conference in Kansas City, you heard me speak at the general membership meeting about one of my goals this year (and beyond) being to bring more cargo to our river system. More cargo means increased opportunities for you!

Beginning in 2014, Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals has been compiling a database comprised of shippers, manufacturers, freight forwarders and simply, owners of cargo. We started communicating earlier this year to that audience to introduce the river system, its connectivity to domestic and international markets and so much more.
I am excited to inform you that IRPT will be inviting them to a webinar featuring Basin Commerce (a newer IRPT Member) to learn about using the online freight marketplace as a way to incorporate the inland river system into their supply chain.

For that, it is important that YOU are network providers of the freight marketplace. Please join us on October 3rd, 2017 10:00 AM CDT. Please register at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Basin Commerce is the first and only online marketplace where shippers of bulk freight can locate, purchase and mange transportation and logistics services on the US Inland Waterway System. This includes trucking, storage, transload and barge services throughout the USA.

During this webinar, Basin Commerce will demonstrate its marketplace and how simple it is for you to participate as a member of their Provider Network and how simple it is for shippers to buy and manage services from those providers. When you join the Basin Commerce Provider Network, you will get a chance to bid on new business opportunities that are being generated on the marketplace.

For service providers, it costs nothing to join and costs nothing to respond to bids. For shippers, it costs nothing to join and nothing to submit RFQs.

This email was sent to Members Only. If you know someone who is not a Member, please invite them to join today! A Membership Application can be found here.

Aimee Andres, AMPE
Executive Director

Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, Inc.
One Confluence Way
East Alton, IL 62024
Phone (618) 468-3010
Rediscover the strength of America’s Inland Rivers

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Federal Register

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Notice of Grant Funding

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Public Meeting Notice

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Army Corps of Engineers regarding Issuance and Reissuance of Nationwide Section 404 Permits

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