The City of Muscatine is announcing an initiative to provide an opportunity for the City to form a port authority and install an intermodal container port for import and export shipments by using barges on the US Inland Waterway System. The project would provide Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois with greater access to world markets using water transportation via the Mississippi River.

The City of Muscatine’s plan is to convert an underutilized USACE permitted dock into an intermodal container port. To do this, the city plans to: identify potential port sites locally, establish a Municipal Port Authority, enter into a Public-Private Partnership with the property owner, raise funding from a variety of sources, including federal, state and private sources, apply for permits, construct and test port site, choose an operator of the intermodal port and finally, set up one or more Foreign Trade Zones.