Mississippi is centrally located between the East and West coasts and provides easy access to major U.S. markets including Mobile, New Orleans, Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas, Houston and St. Louis. The U.S. distribution hub of Memphis, Tennessee, is just across the northern state line, and the Gulf of Mexico forms our southern border. The state’s transportation infrastructure provides unparalleled distribution and delivery for manufacturers.
Mississippi’s highway system includes six interstate highways covering 698 miles and 14 U.S. highways. Traffic congestion is minimal, allowing for easy highway shipments. Commuting distances up to 40 miles are common throughout the state. >> Interactive highways map.
Thirty rail systems serve Mississippi with more than 2,500 miles of track. Comprehensive rail services include carload, trailer on flat car, container on flat car and mini-bridge shipments.
The merger of the Canadian National and Illinois Central railroads and a long-term marketing alliance with the Kansas City Southern created an efficient new rail link all along the NAFTA corridor. The agreements link together almost 25,000 miles of track stretching from both coasts of Canada through the central United States to the Gulf Coast, Texas and Mexico. >> Interactive rail map.
Mississippi has 76 publicly owned and four privately owned airports that provide facilities for aircraft used by individuals, industry and private operators. Fifty-three of these airports are attended, and seven have scheduled air carrier service. The remaining 20 airports provide services on call. >> Interactive airports map.
Mississippi is surrounded by three navigable waterways: the Mississippi River to the west, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. These nearly 800 miles of commercially navigable waterways provide access to national and international markets.
The major Mississippi River ports are located at Natchez, Vicksburg, Greenville and Rosedale. Each is equipped with cranes, transit sheds for general or containerized cargo, and truck and rail facilities. Smaller ports are located at Yazoo City and Greenwood on the Yazoo River, which flows into the Mississippi River at Vicksburg.
The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, a 234-mile system of canals and locks along the Tombigbee River in northeast Mississippi, provides a shorter route from Mid-America to the Gulf of Mexico. Ports at Yellow Creek and Columbus are equipped with cranes, transit sheds, and truck and rail facilities.
The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, stretching from Florida to Texas, is the sheltered water barge route along the state’s southern border. Barge facilities are available at Pascagoula, Moss Point, Biloxi, Gulfport and Port Bienville.
Two deepwater ports are located on the Gulf of Mexico, providing Mississippi an outlet to worldwide commerce. The largest seaport in the state, the Port of Pascagoula, provides a 38-foot channel depth for ships and is consistently ranked as a top-20 port in the nation for foreign cargo volume. The port has two harbors with a combination of public and private
terminals consisting of general cargo transit warehouses and freezer warehouses. More than 35 million tons of cargo move through the channels annually. CSX Transportation provides rail service at each of the ports facilities.
The Port of Gulfport, a state-owned seaport, has a 36-foot channel depth in the port’s South Harbor. The port is equipped with dry container storage, refrigerated container storage and approximately 110 acres of total open storage. The port is the second-largest importer of green fruit in the United States. Two 100-ton capacity mobile harbor cranes are available for handling container or bulk shipments. Foreign Trade Zone #92 is located on the dock, providing distribution service to major importers. Kansas City Southern provides rail service at the port. >> Interactive ports map.