The Port offers economical, efficient, and safe handling of freight at its facilities with the services of its terminal operators and tenants and the support of the banking, insurance, transportation and freight forwarding industries of the metropolitan Chicago area. Any commodity can be moved through the Port of Chicago economically and efficiently to anywhere, from anywhere, anytime.
Tonnage from all over the world comes into the IIPD. In addition, practically every barge carrier serves the Port terminals with all types of equipment such as open top, covered, and liquid commodities equipment suitable not only for the inland waterways but also for direct service to and from other Great Lakes ports.
Midwest shippers particularly appreciate the economy of using Chicago rather than overland transportation to a coastal port, which saves them money.
The IIPD has unsurpassed terminal and rail switching services. Twelve main line railroads in the Chicago rail hub feed into selected terminals. All the major railroads serving the Chicago area have reciprocal switching arrangements. Line haul movements to and from the area by one carrier and service to the specific IIPD terminal by another is accommodated without extra switching charges for shippers or consignees. No Great Lakes port can match the IIPD's rail service.
Approximately 600 line haul and local cartage carriers provide the full range of motor services. Many carriers maintain independently published tariffs so they meet individual shipper needs promptly at the lowest possible cost. Many truckers can provide overnight service from points throughout the Midwest.
The IIPD is strategically located located at the convergence of the three largest interstate highways of the nation which makes the IIPD the most accessible port for transloading and multi-modal distribution in the heartland of America.
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U. S. Transportation Safety Administration the U.S. Coast Guard-Marine Safety Unit, Chicago which is responsible for executing the Coast Guard’s port safety and security, marine environmental protection, and commercial vessel safety missions under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security.Read More +
The Illinois International Port District controls the only Foreign Trade Zone, FTZ No. 22, in the Chicago region. FTZ 22 operates under the Alternative Site Framework, which allows it a broader service area. The IIPD is allowed to establish, operate, maintain and lease up to 2,000 acres of activated sites and subzones. These sites can be located anywhere within the service area with approval, but must be within 60 miles or a 90-minute drive of the IIPD. Under these parameters the map below shows the FTZ 22 service area which includes the counties of: Cook, Du Page, Grundy, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake and Will, as well as portions of McHenry and Kane counties.
Foreign Trade Zones are secure areas designated for U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervision located in or near ports of entry. They are areas where imported merchandise can be handled prior to formal entry and duty payment. FTZ's have notable advantages for companies importing goods or manufacturing goods with imported components.