Although Newton is in a landlocked state, local companies now will be able to easily ship products via waterway all around the globe, thanks to a new partnership with the Port of Catoosa, an inland seaport in Oklahoma.
On Tuesday, Newton and Harvey County officials traveled to the port to take a tour and attend a ceremonial signing of an agreement between the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, which operates the port, and the Kansas Logistics Park Development Authority, which operates the logistics park on behalf of Newton and Harvey County.
“It poses a bright future, I think, for all of us,” Chris Benge, senior vice president of government affairs, Tulsa Metro Chamber, said of the agreement. “… We look forward to working with you all.”
The port gives companies access to shipping via railway, highway and waterway – a feature local officials believe will tie in well with developments at the Kansas Logistics Park.
The port includes a 2,500-acre industrial park and is home to more than 60 businesses encompassing a diverse range of industries, such as gas, oil, steel and agriculture. One half million tons of grain products move through the port each year – 30 percent of which come from Kansas.
The port has an internal railway and also has three towboats, which are designed for pushing barges. Because the port is a designated foreign trade zone, companies can bring in foreign cargo, assemble the products and ship them out duty-free. The companies only pay duty when the products enter the domestic market.