The Gulf Coast is uniquely positioned to distribute finished or raw materials by land, sea, rail, and air.
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport - this modern airport is equipped to handle large commercial and military jets, as well as commuter flights and charters. Carriers offer more than 50 flights daily, with nonstop service to Atlanta, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Memphis, Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Toronto.
The deep-water State Port at Gulfport exports include but are not limited to steel, lumber, linerboard, urea, fertilizer, fishmeal, and chemicals. Gulfport is also the nations No. 1 importer of bananas and the No. 1 exporter of frozen chicken.
The Port offers easy access to key markets in Central and South America. In addition, all coastal ports are convenient to the Mississippi River and Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, providing water access to more than two-thirds of major U.S. markets.
Rail service is provided by CSX Transportation. There are plans to acquire a separate rail line from Hattiesburg to the State Port at Gulfport to further enhance trade. Daily passenger train service is offered by Amtrak, with stations in Biloxi and Gulfport.
More than 30 truck lines offer carrier service on the coast. A well-maintained highway system offers immediate access to Interstate 10, and connections via U.S. Highway 49 to Interstates 59, 55, and 20. I-10 provides easy access to New Orleans (60 miles to the west), and Mobile (40 miles to the east).
Taxi companies, rental car agencies, limousine services, and charter buses offer ground transportation, as does Greyhound Bus Lines, which has terminals in Biloxi and Gulfport. Hotel, golf, and airport shuttles also are available.
Mass transit is provided by the Coast Transit Authority, which has proposed a major expansion of its facilities in Gulfport and Biloxi. For sightseers, the Beachcomber Trolley Line runs daily along U.S. Highway 90 from Gulfport to Biloxi.
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