Inland Port Opened By Philadelphia

In an attempt to tap into the Port of Baltimore's export business, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority has recently opened its new inland port.

Baltimore offers shippers some major advantages when compared to Philadelphia. The Port of Baltimore is physically closer to the key industrial city of Pittsburgh and trucks hauling cargo from Pennsylvania to Baltimore use toll-free interstates, while Philadelphia traffic must use the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

To counter this, the Philadelphia Port Authority is offering virtually to subsidize trucking costs by guaranteeing that shipping costs for cargo coming into the Delaware River port will not exceed the cost of using Baltimore.

Bill McLaughlin, director of communications for the Philadelphia Port Authority, stated that the port expects to lose money on the arrangement at first, in exchange for the long-term gain of establishing a strong customer base.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 15,  May 1992

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