Port Overview

Ports of Indiana

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville provides competitive advantages to businesses that move cargo by water, rail and highway. Home to 27 companies including 15 steel-related businesses, the port’s maritime industrial park offers warehousing, distribution and manufacturing facilities, a variety of steel services including processing, roll forming and galvanizing, as well as unparalleled multimodal connections. The opening of a new $1 billion Ohio River bridge in 2016 creates a new interstate shortcut from the port to key markets including Louisville, Cincinnati and Nashville. The “Lewis and Clark” bridge connects I-265 on both sides of the Ohio River, completing the  much anticipated bi-state connection to three major interstates (I-64, I-65, I-71) as well as the port’s multimodal facilities.

The port will ultimately connect to the 6,000-acre River Ridge Commerce Center via a new road and rail transportation corridor that will provide large industrial developments access to the Ohio River and multiple Class I railroads.

More than 1,000 barges, 250,000 trucks and 16,000 railcars pass through the port annually. The port has 11 miles of rail on the port property.

Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville

  • 1,057 acres of land, 340 acres available and 3,200 feet of riverfront
  • Major cargoes include corn, fertilizer, salt, wire rod, soybeans, steel, liquid asphalt, pig iron and heavy lift cargo
  • World-class infrastructure, docks, rail, utilities, multimodal connections, specialized cargo handling services and expansive storage facilities, including:
    • 2.5 million bushels of grain storage
    • 3,200 feet of riverfront access
    • 350-car near-dock rail yard
    • Heavy-haul roads
    • Multimodal services for steel, grain, bulk and heavy lift cargo
    • Direct connection with CSX and via the Louisville & Indiana Rail Road, the Norfolk Southern Railroad, in addition to onsite switching by MG Rail
    • The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville operates Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ #170) allowing companies to compete globally with savings on certain import duties.
  • Many companies take advantage of the port’s maritime industrial park to develop customized, onsite warehousing, distribution and manufacturing facilities in close proximity to the Ohio River.

Ports of Indiana
Community Profile: Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville is located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, which was named after Thomas Jefferson, who created an early design for the city. Jeffersonville is home to the largest U.S. inland shipyard operation – Jeffboat – and has a long history as a leader in the ship building industry. The first shipyard opened here in 1834 next to the “Falls of the Ohio” because of the deep harbor created by the only natural barrier in the Ohio River.