INLAND RIVERS, PORTS & TERMINALS, INC., is a membership driven, nationwide trade association. It was chartered as a non-profit corporation in 1974 under the laws of the State of Missouri. The IRPT is a relatively young organization which was founded in 1974.

The IRPT as an organization continues to demonstrate that the industry is and will continue to be a dynamic force in the nations’ economic growth and stability.

The success of our members’ businesses is of utmost importance to us because it is all about the inland river industry.  When your business prospers, the industry benefits as a collective group. There is no better way to build your business than to have the connections you will make throughout the nation’s inland river system.

We currently have over 300 members nationwide consisting of port professionals, terminal operators, shippers, carriers, firms, suppliers, state agencies, and other associations.  IRPT has a strong presence in Washington, DC, and we work hard to represent the inland river industries.

Testimonials from our members:


As a newly involved member – I am very impressed with IRPT active advocacy and efforts on behalf of ports and terminals and consider the organization a major voice in the wilderness.

We are a recent new IRPT Member and I’m extremely happy with this membership. I believe the IRPT team is doing a great job! I’m really pleased with our introduction in to the IRPT.

This is our first year as a associate member to IRPT, and I can say that our membership has already exceeded our expectations. The IRPT staff has not only delivered on what was promised, but gone above and beyond anything that I have received as far as memberships in the past. I cannot recommend them enough to the other companies I work with, and we look forward to being a very active member within the IRPT Family.

IRPT is a nimble and dynamic organization, having the ability to provide assistance and be an advocate in challenging times. The best thing about IRPT is that they are always ready to help; with a phone call, making a connection, or with an idea.