The Missouri-Mississippi River systems spans 19 states from West Virginia west to Wyoming and from Minnesota south to Louisiana. About five million tons of cargo moves along the Missouri River each year. The Port of Kansas City has capacity to assume almost 85 thousand tons of cargoes that are shipped by truck and rail today. The Port of Kansas City also has capacity to import over 291 thousand tons of cargoes shipped by truck and rail today.
In 1977, the Kansas City Port Authority was established by the City. Governed by a nine-member citizen Board of Commissioners appointed by the Mayor, the port authority is a public corporation and a political subdivision of the State of Missouri. The Port of Kansas City's port authority has statutory authority to issue bonds, reclaim land, and enter into contracts for development projects, making it a unique agency that is vital to the city's economic progress.
The Port of Kansas City port authority has broad government and business powers to promote economic development and the creation of jobs. These powers include acquiring, developing, leasing, and maintaining residential, commercial, and mixed-use properties including industrial parks and port terminal facilities; promoting inland and river port commercial traffic; identifying and planning redevelopment opportunities in blighted areas; redeveloping the downtown riverfront area; and promoting fully integrated multi-modal transportation assets to increase commercial opportunities.
The Port of Kansas City's terminal has capacity to handle over 800 thousand tons of cargo each year, including dry and liquid bulk, construction materials, chemicals, and over-sized cargoes. Another Port of Kansas City site, the Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park, offers surplus storage capacity.
The Mid-West Terminal Warehouse Company owns and operates the Mid-West Terminal Warehouse Wharf in the Port of Kansas City to ship and receive bulk materials and to receive salt and dry bulk fertilizers. This Port of Kansas City terminal has seven compartmented storage buildings and a storage dome with capacity for 60 thousand tons of bulk materials. Rail tracks with capacity for 49 cars serve the terminal and connect with the Union Pacific Railroad. The Port of Kansas City's Mid-West Terminal Warehouse Wharf has berthing distance of 366 meters (1200 feet) with alongside depth of 3 meters (10 feet) CRP.
The CenterPoint-Kansas City Intermodal Center, located on the old Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base, is a 370-acre facility anchored by the Kansas City Southern railway. The Port of Kansas City Intermodal Center offers almost unlimited rail access to deep-water ports in the Gulf of Mexico and the Panama Canal. Neighboring the intermodal center is a 940-acre industrial park in the Port of Kansas City with access to many of the country's busiest north-south and east-west highways. Port of Kansas City tenants can reach some 80% of the United States' population within a two-day truck ride. The Center and Commerce Park in the Port of Kansas City are located in designated foreign trade zones and in major transcontinental and NAFTA trade corridors. Both sites have complete and improved infrastructure, off-site stormwater facilities, and buildings from 9.3 square meters to almost ten acres.
The Port of Kansas City has about 274 meters (900 feet) of shoreline with serviceable transloading and fleeting zones and a 50- to 100-ton capacity crane to transfer cargo to/from truck to barge. The Port of Kansas City is being redeveloped to improve on-site warehouses, including one acre of open storage and almost 5.6 square meters (60 thousand square feet) of closed storage.
Barlett and Company operates the Kansas City-Wyandotte County Joint Port Authority Wharf to ship grain from the Port of Kansas City. A grain elevator at the rear of the wharf, with 492 concrete silos and seven steel tanks, has capacity to store ten million bushels. Rail tracks with capacity for 72 cars supports undertrack pits and loading spouts at the grain elevator and connects with the Union Pacific Railroad. The Kansas City-Wyandotte County Joint Port Authority Wharf has berthing distance of 183 meters (600 feet) with alongside depth of 3 meters (10 feet) CRP.
Cargill Inc. owns and operates the Chouteau Elevator Dock in the Port of Kansas City to ship grain. A grain elevator at the rear of the dock with six concrete silos and one steel tank for a total capacity for 900 thousand bushels. Four surface rail tracks with capacity for 45 cars serve an undertrack pit and connect with the Norfolk Southern and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railways. The Port of Kansas City's Chouteau Elevator Dock has berthing distance of 131 meters (430 feet) with alongside depth of 3 meters (10 feet) CRP.
Farmland Industries owns and operates the Grain Elevator "X" Dock in the Port of Kansas City to ship grain. A grain elevator at the rear has 220 concrete silos and seven steel tanks with total capacity for 10 million bushels. Three surface rail tracks with capacity for 62 cars serve two undertrack pits and connect with the Union Pacific Railroad. This Port of Kansas City dock has berthing distance of 274 meters (900 feet) with alongside depth of 3.7 meters (12 feet) CRP.
Kansas City Southern Railways (KCS) has established relationships with Port of Kansas City operators, shippers and freight forwarders, ocean carriers, customs brokers, and Port of Kansas City. The KCS can offer customized solutions that allow delivery of customers' freight anywhere in the world.
Schneider National Inc., a tenant of the Richards-Gebaur Commerce Park, provides trucking, logistics, and intermodal services to Port of Kansas City customers, particularly those using the industrial park. Supporting over 66% of the Fortune 500 companies, Schneider National Inc. offers services in the Port of Kansas City that include intermodal cargo transportation, transportation management, supply chain management, warehousing, and logistics.
The Greater Kansas City Foreign Trade Zone Inc. (GKCFTZ) is a not-for-profit corporation that operates Foreign Trade Zone 15 under the US Foreign Trade Zone Act of 1934, as amended. The Port of Kansas City works with the Kansas City Southern Railway and CenterPoint-Kansas City Intermodal Center to use 634 hectares as Foreign Trade Zone in the Port of Kansas City.