Inland ports have helped East Coast ports absorb a growth in capacity and have created a more efficient supply chain, he said. Inland ports give ports a competitive advantage by extending their reach and offer public benefits by reducing congestion at the ports and improving market access for exports.
“I think one of the creative and innovative things ports have thought through is how do we create appropriate relief valves that extend our reach into the market and give us the ability to create sustainable value for our customers and alleviate congestion, create jobs, foster additional capital investment,” he said. “All of these things are represented as a result of the inland port model.”
Adams said CSX and ports can work together on mutually beneficial projects that will simplify the supply chain. The railroad works with stevedores and terminal operators to determine if its service aligns with the ports’ specialization and alongside port authorities on developments, he said.
Despite geopolitical uncertainty, Adams expects CSX to continue growing.
“We’re going to continue to focus on market differentiation … for our railroad service,” he said. “If customers can rely on predictable capacity, reliable capacity, then that means I can reduce my buffer inventory. It means I can reduce the amount of cars online. It takes time to get there, but through partnership we are creating sustainable momentum.”