Access to the Gulf
to the largest port in the world
in Vicksburg means that, within days, your products can be shipped or
received through the largest Port Complex in the World ... the Port of
South Louisiana and the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Vicksburg is
one of the top inland ports in America and the only inland port in
Mississippi with container shipping capabilities.
That is why so
many international companies are rushing to locate in Vicksburg ... a
great place to live and work, with access to inland and world markets, and
an efficient means of transporting and managing goods.
of South Louisiana, which stretches 54 miles along the
Mississippi River, is the largest tonnage port district in the Western
Hemisphere and ranks fourth in the world. It handled over 239 million tons
of cargo in 2003, brought to its terminals by vessel, barge, rail, and
With exports of 56 million tons of cargo a
year — more than any other port in North America — the port accounts
for 15 percent of total US exports. The port has nine first-rate
port-owned facilities, ranging from grain elevators to general cargo and
The Port serves primarily as landlord to eight facilities leased to
operating companies such as Peavey, Occidental, Archer Daniels Midland and
Cargill. The exception is the Globalplex Intermodal Terminal, which the
port purchased in 1992 and is currently redeveloping into a world class
complex to accommodate a variety of dry bulk and break-bulk cargo.
of Greater Baton Rouge
is situated at the convergence of the Mississippi River (part of the
Inland Waterways System) and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, which links
major Gulf ports between north Florida and south Texas.
This strategic location provides ready access to the nation's heartland
via nearly 15,000 miles of inland water transportation, as well as to the
Gulf of Mexico and ocean trade lanes to and from Latin America and the
rest of the world.
A 45-foot deep channel is maintained from the port to the Gulf by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers.
transfers from rail, barge, truck and ship are handled quickly, safely and
efficiently at the port. Rail service is provided by the Kansas City
Southern Lines, Union Pacific Railroad, Canadian National and Illinois
Central Railroad, with 17 miles of rail located within the main port
The Port of Greater Baton Rouge also provides the only publicly
owned midstream mooring buoy operation available on the lower Mississippi.