The Northern Shenandoah Valley’s Intermodal Transportation Hub
Warren County is blessed with incredible transportation and logistics assets.
Located just 72 miles from downtown Washington D.C., we’re on the western edge of the Washington DC Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which is the sixth largest demographic area in the United States.
Located on Interstate 66, seven miles from Interstate 81, we’re home to the Virginia Inland Port (VIP).
The VIP is a 161 acre intermodal container transfer facility that has a 78,000 ton equivalent unit (TEU) capacity and offers direct rail access to the Port of Virginia.
The VIP offers a U.S. Customs-designated port of entry and is located within Foriegn Trade Zone #185. It offers customers a full range of services including an onsite log-stuffing operation, chassis/container repair, secure container storage, and power for refrigerated units.
Containerized rail service is provided from both the Norfolk International Terminal and Virginia International Gateway in Portsmouth. It has become a critical logistics hub for the Mid-Atlantic creating over 8,000 jobs.
Major national companies including UPS, Family Dollar, Ferguson, and Sysco have distribution hubs in Front Royal and Warren County. Advanced manufacturers such as Axalta Specialty Coatings and Toray Plastics have locations within two miles of the VIP.
National companies such as Home Depot, Red Bull, Newell Rubbermaid, Family Dollar, Lenox, and Mercury Paper have opened up distribution centers within the Northern Shenandoah Valley to take advantage of the VIP’s resources.
Louis Cranford, Operations Manager for the Virginia Inland Port talks about the services the Inland Port offers and the competitive advantages to locating in Warren County!
Chris Thompson, VP of Business Development at Interchange Group Inc
With a five track railhead at the Virginia Inland Port, the Norfolk Southern Railway System can distribute freight to the eastern half of the United States.
Major Interstate Transportation Arteries
I-81 Truck Routes. I-81 is a trucker preferred interstate because it is less congested than other north-south interstate highways and goes through fewer major cities. The Virginia Inland Port is less than a day’s drive to either end of I-81 which connects to every major east-west interstate including I-40, I-70, I-80, and I-90.
I-66 is a major East-West route and, in an hour’s drive, connects Warren County directly to the Northern Virginia market and the whole East Coast I-95 corridor.
Dulles International Airport. Located less than an hour from Warren County, Dulles is one of the major airports hubs in the United States. It serves 36 airline carriers from around the world and has nonstop flights to 87 major U.S. cities and 58 international destinations.
Reagan National Airport.
Also located within a 90 minute drive from Warren County, it serves eight passenger carriers to US and Canadian destinations. It serves six cargo carriers and has a partnership with Dulles International Airport.
Foreign Trade Zone designation
All of Warren County is covered under the Foreign Trade Zone designation.
Foreign Trade Zone (#185) is located on US340/522 North of Front Royal. It is licensed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Foreign Trade Zones Board, International Trade Association and operated by the Virginia Port Authority.
Benefits of Foreign Trade Zones:
Customs duty and internal revenue taxes are paid only when a firm transfers merchandise from a Foreign Trade Zone to U.S. Customs territory for domestic consumption;
- Goods may be exported from a Foreign Trade Zone free of duty and/or taxes;
- The U.S. Customs Service provides security at the site which results in lower insurance costs;
- If a manufacturer imports parts or raw materials to a facility in the zone and then sells the finished product in the U.S., the manufacturer can choose whether to pay the tariff on the raw materials or the finished product, thus saving on tariff costs; and
- Merchandise can be stored indefinitely and is not subject to quotas.
For more information, please call Doug Parsons at 540-635-2182 or email at [email protected]