Did you know and what is a port?

Did you Know?

According to the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center (WCSC) data, in 2019 there were 238 public ports recognized as handling anywhere between 284 million tons and 30,000 tons annually? Unfortunately, there were an additional 40 ports not recognized as of 2019.

Adding those 40 ports means that there were 278 public ports and of those 278 ports, 84 are classified as inland ports.

What is a Port?

A port is a facility, either publicly or privately owned, where cargo or passengers for hire are taken on or discharged for transportation by water.

Typically, ports are public entities that offer public infrastructure for the use of transporting freight, including river access, railroad and road. Ports however, can be an operating port, meaning they also transload, store and transport commodities to and from their facility. Typically, public ports are landlord ports in which they lease property to private terminals, who then use the public infrastructure for the benefit of freight transportation.

The primary focus of our inland ports is to grow our economies by providing an access point for multi and inter modal transport – river, rail and road. An efficient intermodal freight network to both domestic and international commerce of the U. S. is a vital contribution to the integrated freight network.

Where can you find a port?

Find a port easily here: https://www.irpt.net/river-basins/.