America’s Best Connected Inland Port

Located at the Port of Little Rock, the Little Rock Port Authority operates America’s Best Connected Inland Port by providing multi-faceted, international companies with seamless and nimble logistic channels from the heart of the United States. These businesses have limitless possibilities to access customers and new markets through multiple points of connectivity, including a flood-controlled, ice-free channel, major interstates, Class I railways and national runways.

Economic development activities since 2016

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The Port of Little Rock at a Glance


Intermodal transportation facilities for an undisrupted logistics chain


Wide range of available sites and buildings

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Near instant access to Interstates 30 and 40

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Immediate, dual rail access to both Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads


Convenient access to port-owned warehouses and the Foreign Trade Zone facility


A flood-controlled, nine-foot, year-round, ice-free navigable channel

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Within a day’s drive to major population centers, including Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, Memphis & New Orleans

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Surrounded by a population of 1 million and a labor force of nearly 750,000

With our longstanding history as an economic development catalyst, the Little Rock Port Authority (LRPA) was organized in 1959 to oversee the Port of Little Rock and provide intermodal transportation services connecting U.S. markets and the deepwater ports of the Gulf of Mexico. Opened in 1971, the Port is part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, our nation’s farthest west inland waterway, which runs from the Mississippi River northwest to just east of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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The Port of Little Rock was created by City ordinance on July 6, 1959, before river navigation system existed, to “create high paying employment for the City of Little Rock and Central Arkansas”
Every jar of Skippy Peanut Butter sold in North America is made in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Port of Little Rock
Novus, a Port of Little Rock tenant, is a Japenese-owned company with a vision of helping to feed the world
Georg Fisher, a Port of Little Rock tenant, is a plastics company that focuses on safely transporting liquids through its products. Its sustainability sets them apart from competitors
Ryerson, formerly AFCO steel, was the first business at the Port of Little Rock