Trade Corridor Network

The Kansas City region has a rich history as a center for commerce. Its heartland, river-based location made it a natural crossroads for transcontinental rail, interstate and waterway. Over time, Greater Kansas City has established itself as the leading center for trade and distribution within the central United States and is emerging now as a leader in international trade. 

Being located in the geographical center of the United States, plus the existing transportation infrastructure, makes Kansas City one of the nation’s largest hubs for warehousing, distribution and manufacturing operations. The central location and infrastructure allow businesses in Kansas City to reach 85% of the U.S. population in two days or less with ground transportation. This easy access is growing the amount of transcontinental and NAFTA goods that flow through the region.

Businesses in the region have prospered due in large part to the region's abundant, multi-modal transportation - air, rail, road and water - giving Kansas City the infrastructure for a world-class logistics hub.

  • Air: The Kansas City International Airport moves more air cargo each year than any air center in a six-state region. A new airport terminal facility is expected to be competed in 2023. At just over one million square feet, the Kansas City International Airport Single Terminal is the largest single infrastructure project in the City’s history. The new terminal will support more efficient airline operations including, air cargo. Kansas City is nationally acclaimed as an innovator in air cargo and on-airport intermodal real estate development. KCI airport ranks as one of the best locations for air cargo and distribution development in the US. 

  • Rail: Kansas City is one of the largest rail centers in the U.S. by tonnage. Five of the Class 1 rail lines intersect the region including: Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Canadian Pacific, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern, and Union Pacific. Kansas City Southern (KCS) headquarters is located in Kansas City, Missouri. The rail infrastructure throughout the region includes: carload, intermodal (both domestic and international), energy sector shipments, agricultural commodities as well as the automotive industry. The Kansas City region is unique in that four of the class 1 rail lines have intermodal facilities that are significant hubs in the national network. Three of these have industrial park developments adjacent to the rail facilities. Kansas City will continue to be a key region for railroad development and growth. Read more about rail and intermodal

  • Road: Kansas City is located at the intersection of four major US Interstate Highways (I-35, I-70, I-29, and I-49).  The region has 30% more interstate miles per capita than any city in the nation. With KC’s central location, 85% of the U.S. can be reached from a Kansas City location within in 2 days or less. The region is known as one of the nation’s top five trucking centers. 

  • Water: Kansas City is fortunate to be located on the Missouri River, the largest navigable inland waterway in the U.S. To support this, Port KC has over 900 feet of shoreline including three load cells and ample docking structures for 14 barges. Hoppers, conveying systems, certified truck scale and material handling equipment with covered and open storage capacity give the terminal an annual capacity of 800,000 tons. Future growth is being planned at a new 400 acre Missouri River Terminal. 

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