Region Serves as National Leader in Freight Transportation
As reported by the Northern Kentucky Tribune, the Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have been ranked as #1 busiest inland port in the nation, according to the US Army Corps of Engineers Navigation Data Center, and the #13 busiest port in the United States.
The Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky handled nearly 50 million tons of cargo in 2014, according to rankings released by the Corps’ Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center.
In 2015, the Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA) led the effort to re-designate the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky ports, expanding the port boundaries from 26 miles to 226.5 miles including a seven mile stretch of the Licking River in Northern Kentucky. The re-designated port includes all or part of 10 counties in Kentucky (Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Pendleton, Bracken, Mason, Lewis, Gallatin, Carroll and Trimble) and 5 counties in Ohio (Hamilton, Clermont, Brown, Adams and Scioto.)
Other organizations that worked on the re-designation included The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments, and EACC partners REDI Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.
Moreover, the $108 million expansion of the DHL Hub at CVG (announced in May 2015) also helps position the Greater Cincinnati region as a national leader in all things freight. In fact, the DHL hub at CVG is just one of three DHL global hubs and connects the U.S. to the DHL global network spanning Asia, Europe and the Americas. Both DHL and CVG are EACC partners.
“When you combine our number one inland marine port with the eighth busiest airport (by landed tons), throw in the significant highway connectivity, and two class-I railroads, our region’s position as a national leader in all things freight is clear,” said Eric Thomas, Executive Director of CORBA.
Market access is key to the region’s industries and serves as a regional asset to compete globally. The exceptional transportation and logistics infrastructure in the Greater Cincinnati region allows goods to reach their various destinations more quickly and less expensively when compared to many other locations in the country. The Ports of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are key elements of this logistics infrastructure, with companies such as EACC member INEOS ABS using active river terminals.
indicates that the region’s central location is a strategic advantage for companies, with two-thirds of the nation's major markets and 50% of the manufacturing establishments within a 90 minute flight or one day's trucking.
Article adapted from the Northern Kentucky Tribune.