Ports

Halifax County offers convenient access to major deepwater ports in both North Carolina and Virginia.

The Port of Virginia’s Suez-class cranes can handle ships loaded 26 containers across—in fact, they can handle ships larger than any currently built. As the second largest port on the East Coast, over 95 percent of the world's shipping lines utilize the Port of Virginia.

  • Norfolk International Terminal (NIT) – 80 miles
  • Newport New Marine Terminal (NNMT) – 75 miles
  • Portsmouth Marine Terminal (PMT) – 90 miles
  • Port of Richmond – 80 miles

Halifax County is also accessible to North Carolina’s Ports, including the Port of Morehead City and the Port of Wilmington. The Port of Morehead City is one of the deepest ports on the US East Coast and just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The port handles both breakbulk anPort of Virginia Vesseld bulk cargo and is the second largest importer in the country for natural rubber. As a leading exporter of phosphate, the Port of Morehead City features a dry-bulk facility with a 225,000-ton capacity warehouse and open dry-bulk storage.

The Port of Wilmington has a 42-foot access channel, modern transit and warehousing facilities, state-of-the-art post-Panamax container cranes and support equipment, and the latest in cargo management technology for supporting international trade to the fast growing Southeast US market. CSX Intermodal’s National Gateway Project connects Wilmington to the rail intermodal transportation network, and major highway infrastructure improvements connect Wilmington to important growth markets and current distribution centers.

  • Port of Morehead City – 140 miles
  • Port of Wilmington – 150 miles

Incentives for North Carolina Port Users - Businesses and individuals who pay North Carolina state income tax and use North Carolina State Ports can qualify for tax credits on inbound and outbound cargo. The credit is earned on cargo wharfage and handling fees paid to the North Carolina State Ports Authority which exceed the average for those fees over three tax years. The credit applies to taxes due the state - up to 50% of the total tax liability for each tax year. Any unused credit may be carried forward for as long as five years for a total credit of up to $2 million.