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Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation (PCXIN) Outreach

Huntington District
Published Jan. 8, 2024


Welcome to the PCXIN Outreach

This site provides information on Waterborne Commerce in the United States, with a focus on the Inland Navigation data.

Navigation was the Corps of Engineers' earliest Civil Works mission, dating to Federal laws in the 1820’s authorizing and funding the Corps to improve safety on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers by removing snags, debris, and other obstructions. These rivers and the coastal ports were the primary routes of commerce for the new nation.

This authorization set the nation on a course for the next two centuries of dredging channels, building locks and dams, wing dikes and other structures to create an inland waterways transportation system for the movement of goods on the nation’s rivers. The system includes rivers such as the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois, Columbia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Monongahela and Kanawha. Other smaller rivers are also included along with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW).

Today the inland waterway transportation system provides an important alternative to truck and rail. It is a highly cost-effective and energy efficient means for transporting commercial goods, especially major bulk commodities like coal, grain, and petroleum products. This system is also a key component of state and local economies and job creation efforts and is essential in order to maintain economic competitiveness.

Contact Us
The Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation can be reached at (304) 399-5635.
Comments and requests for more information can be sent to

The state profiles provide an annual snapshot of waterborne commerce occurring in and around each state. These profiles provide an eye-opening view of how much cargo is transported on the inland waterway system and how each state plays an important role in the nation’s supply chain.

State Profiles
Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation (PCXIN) State Profiles
State Profiles
State Profiles
Planning Center of Expertise for Inland Navigation (PCXIN) State Profiles
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