North American Inland Ports and Logistics Annual Report Figures 2016
The growth of international trade has placed pressure on major North American seaports, with cargo volumes rising faster than existing infrastructure can handle. The result is congestion on the docks, slower turnaround times for containers and increased supply chain costs.
Intermodal rail has become a key pressure-relief valve, allowing shippers to quickly and cheaply move away from ports to regional locations for further distribution.
Twelve key markets have become the major U.S. inland ports—all characterized by their connection to major seaports, first-rate transportation infrastructure and access to large markets.
The industrial real estate markets in each of these inland ports have outperformed, with availability rates falling faster than the national average and new Class A product being developed at twice the national average.