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Global Logistics Center: Tulsa Port of Catoosa

As ports on the east and west coasts become saturated and overly regulated, businesses are looking to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa to optimize their shipping costs.

Companies can expect to see a 15% drop in shipping costs on average for those that move their route to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. Located at the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas
River Navigation System in Northeast Oklahoma, it is one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States. Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s unique position allows companies to move millions
of tons of bulk freight by barge each year and at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck.

Earlier this year, the Port of Catoosa reached a major milestone – handling 75 million tons of waterborne cargo over the past 43 years. It’s the equivalent of three million truckloads, and it has brought Oklahoma roughly $31 billion in commerce. There is plenty of room for growth along the waterway which is only at 10% of its capacity. The Port Industrial Park is comprised of 500 acres of waterfront terminal area and more than 1,500 acres of general industrial area.

The Port is located in unincorporated Rogers County allowing for rapid permitting approvals that can help get companies up and running quickly. It is zoned for most medium industrial uses.

As a master-planned development, the Port offers “shovel-ready” sites from 5 to 100 acres with roads, railroad and utilities provided for easy access. The Main Dock Warehouse will be undergoing extensive upgrades and will be completed in 2016. The improvements will enable the port to move larger amounts of cargo more quickly.

Looking to the future, Tulsa Port of Catoosa Director Bob Portis said, “the impact of the Panama Canal will be huge.” The expansion will help to open the door for the Port to do more business
and increase importing and exporting routes.

Tulsa Port of Catoosa is managed and operated by the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority and provides development services through Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa Facilities Authority. Both are public entities charged with implementing the Port’s mission: Promoting the long-term viability of the waterway and its ability to provide water transport; growing the employment and economic base of Northeast Oklahoma; optimizing the region’s barge and related rail and truck bulk freight patterns; and operating in a financially independent manner.

Long-term facility leasing is available.

For more information visit: tulsaport.com

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