Halifax County offers convenient access to major deepwater ports in both North Carolina and Virginia: The Port of Virginia’s Suez-class cranes can handle ships loaded 26 containers across—in fact, they can handle ships larger than any currently built. As the second largest port on the East Coast, over 95 percent of the world’s shipping lines utilize the Port of Virginia.
Halifax County is also accessible to North Carolina’s Ports, including the Port of Morehead City and the Port of Wilmington. The Port of Morehead City is one of the deepest ports on the US East Coast and just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The port handles both breakbulk and bulk cargo and is the second largest importer in the country for natural rubber. As a leading exporter of phosphate, the Port of Morehead City features a dry-bulk facility with a 225,000-ton capacity warehouse and open dry-bulk storage. The Port of Wilmington has a 42-foot access channel, modern transit and warehousing facilities, state-of-the-art post-Panamax container cranes and support equipment, and the latest in cargo management technology for supporting international trade to the fast growing Southeast US market. CSX Intermodal’s National Gateway Project connects Wilmington to the rail intermodal transportation network, and major highway infrastructure improvements connect Wilmington to important growth markets and current distribution centers.
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