Logistics & Distribution

Efficiently managing the flow of goods, information and services

Located in the heart of the U.S., Kansas offers companies logistical advantages that help you reach your customers faster and more efficiently. With more than 140,000 miles of roads and top-ranked interstates, you can get to the Pacific or the Atlantic in four days or less. Kansas is also served by four Class I and 11 Class III railroads on the 6th largest rail network in the nation. Not to mention, we have an intermodal that can hold its own against any major market.

140,000

miles of public roads

117,000

Kansans employed in transportation, warehousing and wholesale trade sectors

4,257

total rail miles

#3

ranked infrastructure by CNBC (2019)

Logistics Park Kansas City: A Heartland Hub with Global Reach

Located in Edgerton, Kansas, Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC) is a 3,000- acre inland distribution hub intermodal development. The LPKC Intermodal Facility is the only full-service facility in the western two-thirds of the U.S., offering a combination of domestic, international and direct-rail/carload service. There are more than 14.4 million square feet of new distribution facilities at LPKC with speculative and build-to-suit opportunities available. LPKC is also part of the BNSF Intermodal network.

Logistics

Capitalizing on our central location, outstanding infrastructure and available workforce, many regional, national and global brands have chosen Kansas to place strategic logistics operations – brands like Walmart, ColdPoint Logistics and Kubota. Even the world’s most valuable brand, Amazon, understands the advantages of Kansas as a center of excellence for critical supply chains and logistics operations. 

Kansas’ transportation infrastructure includes an expansive network of highway, rail and air options, giving businesses who locate here a distinct advantage when it comes to efficiently moving inventory. 

Highway

Ranked the #3 infrastructure in the nation by CNBC in their 2019 Top States for Business report. “Getting around in the Sunflower State is a breeze, with some of the nation’s best-maintained highways.”

Running directly through Kansas, I-35 connects the U.S. with two of its largest trading partners – Canada and Mexico. As the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement takes effect, Kansas’ strategic location will play a significant role in safeguarding the health of prosperity of North America’s economy. I-35 and I-35 intersect in the Kansas City Area, which means trucks leaving Kansas can quickly and efficiently reach international ports on both coasts. 

Currently, there are more than 1,000 private carriers, 350 intrastate for-hire carriers and 9,500 Kansas-based motor carriers with intrastate and/or interstate operating authority licensed in Kansas. Thanks to our state’s proximity to major markets, our transit times and shipping rates for common carriers can compete with any in the country. 

Rail

Kansas ranks #6 in the nation for total rail miles

4,675

total rail miles

2,723

miles of Class I rail

1,765

miles of Class III (short line) rail

Air

Convenient access and direct routes to all national air service hubs is afforded by airports strategically located across all regions of Kansas. 

In the south central region of Kansas, Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) provides daily passenger and cargo departures to major hubs throughout the U.S. ICT is home to more than 70 businesses including air cargo operations such as FedEx, UPS and DHL, and was just voted the #3 Best Small Airport in USA Today’s annual rankings.  

The Kansas City region is served by Kansas City International Airport (KCI), which is the primary passenger and cargo service provider for Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska and moves more air cargo each year than any other air center in a six-state region. KCI is currently constructing a new airport terminal, which is set to be completed in 2023. 

In total, there are approximately 140 public use airports in Kansas, and no community in the state is more than 30 miles from a public use airport. 

Air cargo carriers in Kansas include Airborne Express, Air Cargo Carriers, Baron Aviation, BAX Global, Central Air Southwest, DHL Airways, EGL, Emery Worldwide, Federal Express, Kitty Hawk, Planemasters, UPS and the United States Postal Service. Most commercial airlines also offer small package delivery services to businesses.

Inland Waterways

While Kansas is a landlocked state, access to inland waterways provide another convenient mode of transportation. Kansas has access to 122 miles of the Missouri River along the northeast corner of the state with eight commercial terminals located near Atchison, Leavenworth, Lansing, White Cloud and Kansas City. Additionally, the Port of Catoosa is located approximately 50 miles from Kansas’ southern border, making it a convenient option for businesses manufacturing and/or assembling large goods. 

Kansas Logistics Park

The Kansas Logistics Park in Newton, Kansas, integrates manufacturing, research and development, logistics, workforce development and commercialization by providing an environment for innovative industries to thrive and connect to the world. The site sits on 225+ acres, offers an extensive rail infrastructure with direct rail access to Port of Catoosa and Port of Kansas City.

Foreign Trade Zones

There are two Foreign Trade Zones in Kansas – Kansas City, Kansas (Zone 17), and Wichita, Kansas (Zone 161). 

The Kansas City includes nine Kansas counties: Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Shawnee and Wyandotte. Together with the Kansas City, Missouri FTZ (Zone 15), the Kansas City zones represent one of the largest in the country, offering more space and handling more volume than those of Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis and St. Louis. 

The Wichita FTZ includes seven counties: Butler, Harvey, McPherson, Reno, Saline, Sedgwick and Sumner. 

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