July 28, 2016
Inland ports have become important in supply chains, noted CBRE’s “Inland Ports Logistics 2016 North America Annual Report.” As online commerce continues expanding, big-box warehouses and distribution centers will be in high demand within these ports.
Inland ports are non-seaside hubs in which “significant amounts of cargo are handled, warehoused and broken into smaller batches for further distribution.” These ports also have direct connection to major seaports via Class I rail, interstate highways or inland waterways. Inland ports include Lehigh Valley, Columbus, Chicago, St. Louis, Greenville, Inland Empire, Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Memphis, Kansas City and Phoenix.
“These markets will hold their edge because they have sustainable advantages in their infrastructure, access to population centers and connections to major seaports to benefit them for the foreseeable future,” said CBRE’s Scott Marshall.
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