Why Kansas City 

Kansas City has several key components that make it an excellent hub for all transportation and logistics operations:

  • The largest rail center in the United States by tonnage
  • A business friendly Foreign Trade Zone program that can activate space in under 45 days
  • Located at the intersection of four of the nation’s major interstate highways (I-35, I-70, I-29, I-49)
  • The Kansas City International Airport, which moves more air cargo each year than any air center in a six-state region
  • Located on the largest navigable inland waterway (MO/MS River system)
  • Five of the Class 1 rail lines intersecting in the region (BNSF, CP, KCS, NS, UP)
Learn why KC is an ideal location for freight-based businesses.

KC Regional Growth Opportunities


In 2018 global retail eCommerce sales neared $3 trillion and are expected to reach approximately $4.8 trillion by 2021. Today, 52 percent of U.S. consumers are more likely to make a purchase online as opposed to buying the same item in-store. The Kansas City area has successfully attracted eCommerce companies pledging to create more than 4,000 jobs, invest $107.12 million and occupy 3.2 million square feet. The Kansas City region’s central location and available skilled workforce are key to a successful e-commerce strategy. Learn more about eCommerce and logistics in the Kansas City area.


The Kansas City region is the number 2 auto industry trading hub in North America, according to the Brookings Institute, and employs more than 16,500 individuals in the auto industry. The transportation manufacturing industry in Kansas City is valued at $16 billion and produces nearly 700,000 vehicles each year. In the last decade, the Kansas City region has seen significant economic investment from the automotive sector. Since 2013, automotive suppliers have created 1,795 new jobs paying $74.1 million and occupy more than 2.2 million sq. ft. of industrial real estate. Learn more about automotive manufacturing in the KC market.

More than 200 food manufacturing companies call Kansas City home and it’s not hard to see why. Kansas City’s more than $9 billion food manufacturing industry continues to thrive with proximity to agriculture markets, advanced logistics infrastructure and industry-specific talent. The KC Food Manufacturing industry employees more than 15,866 people and is valued at $9.4 billion. Learn more about the food manufacturing industry in the Kansas City region.

With an extensive rail and highway infrastructure, Kansas City is an ideal location for intermodal activity. Kansas City is home to four intermodal parks:

- KCI Intermodal Business Centre
- Northland Park
- Logistics Park Kansas City
- I-49 Logistics Park

Learn more about these logistics parks. 


Foreign Trade Zones
The Kansas City FTZ region saw growth of over 100% in the last reported year. Companies are taking advantage of this unique incentive and supply chain benefit. Click here for more information.

About KC SmartPort

KC SmartPort is a nonprofit economic development organization that works to attract freight-based companies, such as manufacturing, distribution and warehouses, to the 18-county, bi-state Kansas City region.

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