The Mississippi River has long been the waterborne shipping corridor of the Midwest, and continues today as a vital channel for bulk cargo. River transportation plays an especially important role in grain, petroleum, and steel logistics.

One of the main reasons for West Memphis’ heavy volume is its dependability. Unlike regional slackwater harbors that get shallow from silt deposits or close during periods of low water, shippers count on the Port of West Memphis to stay open. It has never closed due to low water.

With a loading capacity of 100 tons, the port operates a general-purpose river terminal and a special-purpose grain terminal, some with direct-to-truck access. Both are within five miles of Interstates 40 and 55.

The West Memphis Port is experiencing growth, and most recently began handling alloy materials for NuCor.