Norfolk Southern offers the most comprehensive portfolio of on-dock and near-dock intermodal services at all major East Coast container ports. As demand grows, NS is ready with efficient and reliable rail service to all key markets across the country.
NS is committed to being the primary intermodal rail carrier for East Coast ports and is already advancing our existing capital investment projects in anticipation of the widening of the Panama Canal and the growth of the Suez Canal.
Access to 43 ports and growing
Norfolk Southern helps move the global economy and support global trade by working with our port partners to develop, maintain, and grow rail-supported cargos. NS provides rail service to 24 seaports, 10 river ports, and nine Great Lake ports in the United States.
NS can provide support in a number of areas, including:
- Get port contacts and information
- Get industrial development options conducive to port cargos and port locations
- Learn about transloading and warehouse options
- Receive rail logistics and pricing information
Port facilities NS serves
On-dock rail service
NS emphasizes the development of on-dock rail service to support increased on-dock operations. As a result of these efforts, NS has eliminated over 200,000 trucks trips in congested port regions over the past decade. This savings equals over four million highway miles traveled and several hundred thousand gallons of diesel fuel saved.
A partnership with positive results
NS has partnered with the South Carolina State Ports Authority to develop a new inland port in Green, S.C. This 10-year, $1.3 billion project opened in September 2013 will make international shipments between the Port of Charleston and across the Southeast more efficient.
Positioned along the I-85 corridor, this project also makes NS a truck-competitive alternative and a more environmentally-friendly alternative. It is estimated to remove 50,000 truck trips per year.