Mississippi is strategically positioned in the center of the fastest growing region in the United States.
The state is the gateway to all major U.S., Canadian, and Latin American markets, with inland water ports on the Mississippi River and Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, and deepwater ports in Gulfport and Pascagoula.
Two deepwater ports are located on the Gulf of Mexico, providing Mississippi an outlet to worldwide commerce. Pascagoula, the largest industrial tonnage port in the state, provides a 38-foot channel depth for ships calling at the 3,100,000 bushel grain elevator or loading at one of the nation's largest and most modern refineries. In addition, general cargo transit warehouses and a freezer warehouse are available. CSX Railroad provides rail service at each of the port's facilities.
The Mississippi State Port at Gulfport, a state-owned port, has a 36-foot channel depth for ships calling at the freezer warehouse or transit warehouses. Gulfport has the nation's largest banana/tropical fruit handling facilities. Two container cranes are available for handling container or bulk shipments. A 30-acre container yard provides storage for the scheduled container ships sailing to Europe and Central and South America. Foreign Trade Zone #92 is located on the dock providing distribution service to major importers. KCS Railroad provides service at the port. A $500 million expansion is underway to make the State Port of Gulfport a port of the future.
The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, stretching from Florida to Texas, is the sheltered water barge route along the state's southern border, with barge facilities available at Pascagoula, Moss Point, Biloxi, Gulfport, and Port Bienville.