The Railway Industrial Clearance Association (RICA) has recognized the Port of Beaumont as the nation’s most improved port. RICA was founded in 1969 and is dedicated to serving the heavy and dimensional transportation industry.
RICA representation includes all aspects of logistics associated with the movement of dimensional cargo via rail including major class 1 railroads, shippers, regional and short line railroads, riggers, port authorities, expeditors, heavy haul motor carriers, barge and steamship lines, consultants and others.
“A survey is sent to over 400 of our members asking them to rank ports across the country, the survey includes a multitude of questions that determines the ratings of ports and railroads,” said Kelli Collins, vice-president of RICA. “The results of the annual survey determine: Carrier of the Year, Most Improved Carrier of the Year, Outstanding Port Award and Most Improved Port Award.”
More than $65 million in capital improvements, including $28 million in rail expansion consisting of a new interchange yard, a new rail loop and other rail infrastructure improvements have recently been completed or are nearing completion at the Port of Beaumont. These improvements will ultimately allow for the relocation of the port interchange yard and provide new business opportunities for the Port of Beaumont.
“It is an honor to be recognized by RICA,” said Port Director Chris Fisher. “Our valuable customers, business partners and community leaders have contributed to our growth and continued success.”
About the Port of Beaumont
The Port of Beaumont is a deepwater international public seaport located in Jefferson County, Texas on the Neches River 40 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. The port is accessible from the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway by means of the federally maintained Sabine-Neches Waterway. The Port of Beaumont Navigation District covers an area of about 150 square miles including the City of Beaumont, Texas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ranks the Beaumont Channel, including public and private terminals along the Neches River as fourth in the nation in total tonnage.