NAWLA Traders Market 2016

Mark your calendars!  We are looking forward to seeing you at our booth in Las Vegas at the North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA click here: Traders Market October 26-28.

See how the Port’s successful track record in distributing & transloading lumber products throughout Montana, Wyoming and Idaho can simplify your supply chain and save you money.


Labor Day Schedule

In observance of Labor Day, the Port of Montana will be closed Monday, September 5th.

The Port will resume normal operating hours at 7:00 am on Tuesday morning, September 6th.

We hope you enjoy the holiday!

Efficiency of Rail

We recently ran across an excellent article that highlights the environmental efficiency of rail that we’d like to share. The New Mexico Transloading blog reminds us of the basics we sometimes forget, that in addition to being more economical than long haul trucking, rail shipping uses less fuel and helps reduce greenhouse emissions.

The Port of Montana allows rail access for those who are not located on rail.  Give us a call to see how we can work for you.

Here’s the full article entitled Reduce Greenhouse Emissions – Ship by Rail×330.jpg


Memorial Day Hours

The Port of Montana will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.  We will resume normal hours of operation on Tuesday, May 31 at 7 am.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Gearing up for Fertilizer Season

The Port is an ideal solution for seasonal commodities such as fertilizer.  By utilizing the Port’s facility, the producer is able to eliminate overhead costs while still providing high volume just in time delivery to regional growers during a short demand window.  Here’s how it works for current customers:

Each year as spring approaches fertilizer is shipped via rail to the Port, taking advantage of both the economic efficiencies of rail and the elimination of the need for additional storage at the production site.  The Port segregates different types of fertilizer in bays in the bulk warehouse.  Regional growers are then able to order exactly what they need directly from the producer and pick it up at the Port for just in time delivery to their fields.Fert bauer (2)

Additional car loads of product continue to arrive during the season to augment the stored product.  These cars can be transloaded directly into trucks as demand increases.

The Port has the ability to interface directly with the producers inventory system, providing crucial real time inventory updates as product is received and shipped.  The producer is able to closely monitor Port inventories on their own system at all times.

Transloading for Montana Department of Transportation Highway Interchange Project

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The Port of Montana was able to assist with the transload of pipe for the Helena MDT highway interchange project.  The pipe was shipped to the Port of Montana, and then kept in outside storage until the project was underway. Once the project was ready to take delivery of the pipe, it was loaded onto trucks and shipped to the project laydown area.


Inland Ports – Booting the Logistics Market


We wanted to share a very comprehensive article about Inland Ports in Expansion Solutions magazine. The article talks of increased imports to the US and congestion at traditional ports contributing to a shift to an “inland port” model.

Inland ports also reduce the need for long -haul trucking whose costs have risen in comparison to rail due to shortages of drivers, and changes in hours of service rules.  Transload services at these locations help reduce overall costs in the supply chain.

Inland ports which offer Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs) (such as the Port of Montana) can also offer significant benefits such as customs duty saving capabilities, duty deferral, consolidating US Customs and Border Protection entries into a single weekly filing and lower labor and property costs in relation to locations in traditional ports.

Read the full article here:  Article by Deane C. Foote, CEcD, President/CEO of Foote Consulting Group, LLC a site selection and economic development consulting company.


Logistics “Top 5” Award from Expansion Solutions

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The Port of Montana recently received the Transportation/Logistics Top Five Award of Excellence.

The Port is located on the juncture of Interstates 15 and 90, and is served by the Burlington Northern Sante Fe and Union Pacific Railroads, facilitating distribution throughout the northwest mountain region.

Some of the products currently distributed through the Port are automobiles, fuel, road deicer, steel, pipe, fertilizer, building materials and industrial sands.

Port of Montana Holiday Hours of Operation

Thanksgiving Week:
Monday through Wednesday (11/23 through 11/25)                         Normal Hours 7am – 5pm

Thursday and Friday (11/26 through 11/27)                                        Closed

Resuming normal hours of operation Monday 11/30 at 7am.

Christmas and New Years’ Weeks:
Monday through Wednesday (12/21 through 12/23)                         Normal Hours 7am – 5pm

Thursday (12/24)                                                                                       Closing Early 7am – noon

Friday (12/25)                                                                                             Closed

Monday through Wednesday (12/28 through 12/30)                        Normal Hours 7am – 5pm

Thursday (12/31)                                                                                        Closing Early 7am – noon

Friday (1/1)                                                                                                  Closed

Resuming normal hours of operation Monday 1/4/16 at 7am.