The port of Wilmington squeezed between Norfolk, Charleston and Savannah will forever be a non-competitor.
And the reason for this statement is; the infrastructure does not exist. The roads and rail lines are just not there. Freight can be moved faster out of Charleston and Savannah with I-20 and I-26 already in place.
Freight coming out of Wilmington is not destined for eastern NC, it is destined for points west, north and south; time is money. Importers want their freight as soon as it hits the ground, it has already been at sea for 4 or 5 weeks coming from China or where ever. Vessels are not like airplanes, they don't go point to point, there are a lot of stops in a trans-Pacific voyage and there is still the matter of the Panama Canal.
The port should not try to be something it will never be at the taxpayers expense. Never forget the Trans Global Park in Kinston, all that has done is drain public tax dollars.
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