Weather Forecast


Intermodal terminal in the works for Duluth port

Plenty of cargo containers ride the rails through town every day, but a proposed terminal at the Port of Duluth-Superior is looking to capture some of that traffic.

Canadian National Railway and Duluth Cargo Connect — a partnership between the public Duluth Seaway Port Authority and the private Lake Superior Warehousing — are reportedly working on bringing the shipping container business to the Clure Public Marine Terminal, according to the American Journal of Transportation.

The intermodal container terminal would combine CN's railway system with the port's shipping and trucking capabilities to increase import and export opportunities. It could start operating as soon as this month.

Further details were not available as the initiative has not been formally announced.

Unloading containers in Duluth could help ease congestion on the rails and in other busy container hubs. It would also give the port a piece of the growing container shipping business. Containers crossing the border from Canada to the U.S. on trains increased 30 percent between 2010 and 2014, according to the Department of Transportation.

CN has other intermodal terminals throughout the U.S. and Canada and on the Great Lakes, including Chicago, Detroit, Toronto and Montreal.

Brooks Johnson

Brooks is an investigative/enterprise reporter and business columnist at the Duluth News Tribune.

(218) 723-5329