Gov. Herbert Announces Exploratory Committee to Study Utah Inland Port

Plans are underway to develop an inland port in Utah and EDCUtah is grateful to have a seat on the exploratory committee, which Gov. Gary Herbert announced during the third annual Utah Global Forum on Oct. 24.

Inland ports are sites that possess strong transportation assets and inland distribution centers, but are far away from traditional land, air or coastal borders. An inland port may feature a satellite customs clearance terminal and intermodal distribution facility and offer customs pre-clearance for international trade.

A market assessment conducted by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah analyzed the breadth and scope of creating the inland port and concluded that Utah possesses many of the right ingredients for an inland port to be successful. Utah’s geographic location, robust labor market and infrastructure projects (such as the international airport expansion) were cited as assets that could help make the inland port viable.

Establishing an inland port here would support small businesses, manufacturing and economic growth statewide. World Trade Center CEO Derek Miller says the creation of an inland port in Utah would elevate the state’s status as a global business destination and incentivize international companies to locate here. Click here to read the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute report.