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Trade Infrastructure in Kansas

Jun 06, 2024

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Global Resources is focused on key assets to support the international business ecosystem in Kansas. One of these is strong trade infrastructure. Kansas is fortunate to have valuable systems, structures and facilities that contribute to this infrastructure. There is, however, more work to be done to ensure we minimize hurdles and maximize efficiencies that support global business in the state. 

The Global Resources team works with companies and organizations that form a part of the state’s trade infrastructure as well as those who are dependent on it. Our goals are to understand needs, share research and help identify solutions and opportunities related to international trade infrastructure so that Kansas can continue to grow the state economy through participation in the global economy.

For example, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport (ICT) in Wichita offers the only U.S. Customs Port of Entry in the state. Global Resources is helping the airport evaluate the needs of exporters, importers and international travelers.  You can participate in our ICT customs port survey.

In addition to the customs port at ICT, Kansas has numerous structures, systems and facilities that play important roles in our trade infrastructure:

  • Commercial service airports: 8
  • Foreign Trade Zones: 2
  • Active rail miles: 4,618
  • Marine highway miles: 121
  • Intermodal facilities: 2
  • Highway miles: 10,518
  • Major highway corridors: 3
  • Logistics, distribution and warehousing: network of 7,000+ companies
  • Cold storage: 52 million cubic feet
  • Pipeline miles: 60,408

These enhance connectivity and enable the cross-border movement of goods and services for commerce. They also reduce times, costs and risks associated with travel, delivery of services, and transport of goods in and out of the state and across U.S. borders. Such systems, structures and facilities are vital to our ecosystem for global business. This is why trade infrastructure is a focal area for Global Resources.

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Laurie Pieper, Ph. D., CGBP

Assistant Director, Global Resources

International Division, Kansas Department of Commerce