Logistics & Transportation
Strategically located at the center of the northern Gulf of Mexico and along Interstate 10, the Mississippi Gulf Coast provides industry access to 55% of the nation’s population within a day’s drive. Home to Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties our multiple intermodal transportation options and access to Foreign Trade Zone #92 (FTZ #92) are the tools you need to ensure your success.
The Mississippi Coast Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ #92) is 5,000 acres of secured sites at airports, ports and industrial parks located within the Mississippi counties of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson. These Mississippi Gulf Coast counties lie along the north central Gulf of Mexico in the multi-modal transportation center of the state. All governmental agencies necessary to accommodate uncomplicated importation and exportation of products are readily available to each site within the Mississippi Coast Foreign Trade Zone.
- Interstate 10 – Major east/west Interstate linking Jacksonville, FL and Los Angeles, CA; Also, provides direct access to Interstate 65 and Interstate 59 running north/south
- Interstate 59 – Major north/south Interstate linking the Mississippi Gulf Coast to major markets in the Southeastern U.S. and is a short distance away from Hancock County
- Interstate 65 – Major north/south Interstate linking the Mississippi Gulf Coast to major markets to the north through major markets from Mobile, AL to Gary, IN and is a short distance away from Jackson County
- Highway 49 – Major U.S. Highway linking the Mississippi Gulf Coast to all points north including Interstate 10, Interstate 20, and Interstate 59
- CSX Transportation (CSX) – A Class 1 railroad headquartered in Jacksonville, FL providing rail access to all points in the Southeast and the eastern side of the U.S. to Canada. CSX also provides connection points to access Pacific Coast
- Kansas City Southern (KCS) – A Class 1 railroad headquartered in Kansas City, MO providing rail access to all points north/south and originating service from the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport
- Mississippi Export Railroad (MSE) – a short-line railroad headquartered in Jackson County operates in Jackson and George Counties. It providing access to the CSX Railroad, Canadian National (CN) Railroad, Norfolk Southern (NS) Railroad, and Kansas City Southern (KCS) Railroad
- Port Bienville Short Line Railroad (PBRR) – Port Bienville Industrial Park is serviced by the Port Bienville Short Line Railroad and owned by the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission. The railroad moves over 15,000 rail cars for the park’s industries, involving over 500,000 tons of materials and cargo, and can accommodate 286,000-lb. railcars. It offers trans load service, railcar storage and switching, and connects to CSX 40 miles east of New Orleans
- Port Bienville – A shallow draft port located in Hancock County with a 12-foot channel depth and providing barge loading/unloading/transloading, intermodal transportation alternatives for tenants, warehousing, and a liquid bulk terminal with berth accommodation tank barges
- Mississippi State Port at Gulfport – A deep-water port located in Harrison County with a 36-foot channel depth and capable of handling freight that is refrigerated, containerized, roll on/roll off, bulk and break-bulk shipments as well as bags and super sacks palletized or in containers
- Port of Pascagoula – A deep-water port with two channels located in Jackson County, The Bayou Cassotte channel maintains a 42-foot depth while the Pascagoula River channel maintains a 38-foot channel depth. They provide deep draft vessel stevedoring and terminal operations; barge loading, unloading and transloading; transloading between rail, truck and barge; barge fleeting; marine dry-dock and repair; warehousing; truck scales
- The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway – The sheltered water barge route stretching from Florida to Texas and providing barge facilities at multiple points along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
- Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) – is located in Harrison County and is served by four major airlines offering 16 daily arrivals and departures: American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and U.S. Airways with nonstop service to Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston and Charlotte. In addition to its 9,000-foot runway and over 240-acres of available acreage adjacent to the runway; GPT provides access to a 40,000-square foot air cargo facility that allows for the import, export, and storage of dry and perishable goods.
- Stennis International Airport/Airpark (KHSA) – is an 1,800-acre general aviation airport in Hancock County. In addition to its 8,500-foot grooved and lighted runway capable of accommodating any aircraft, there are nearly 1,150-acres of available acreage with direct access to the runway.
- Trent Lott International Airport (KPQL) – is a general aviation airport, located in Jackson County. Currently, KPQL has a 6,500-foot runway; however, it is in the process of lengthening the runway to 7,000-feet. With permissions in place for run-up and test flights and jet fuel available on–site, KPQL is an ideal location for charter companies, flight training, and flight testing facilities for manned and unmanned systems.
- The New Orleans International Airport (MSY) – is served by fifteen national airlines and provides direct flights to 59 destinations, even to London, England and Frankfurt, Germany. MSY is a U.S. Customs port of entry.