The Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District is the 12th busiest port in the United States according to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Statistics, and the Port of Lake Charles was named by Forbes Magazine as the 7th fastest growing port in the nation. The Port’s City Docks facility is located 34 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico and is connected to the Gulf by the 12 meter (40 foot) deep Calcasieu Ship Channel.
City Docks is a 200-acre facility that contains the general cargo facilities, which include 12 deep-water berths that can accommodate up to 12 vessels simultaneously, with more than 1.6 million square feet of covered storage space.
Berths 1-10 and berths 15 and 15B have a projected depth of 35 feet. Recently refurbished open berth No. 8 can accommodate shipments of steel, logs, machinery, project cargo and heavy equipment.
The height of the docks at MLW is 14 feet.
All warehouses are serviced by rail. Located at City Docks is a bulk grain terminal operated by a third party.
City Docks is located in the Port’s Foreign Trade Zone 87.