Project Unveiled: Rolling Hills Ranch Announces Intermodal Rail Port at Navajo, AZ

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Rolling Hills Ranches has announced their plans to include an intermodal port in their land development project at Navajo, AZ. The intermodal port project, tentatively named the "Port of Navajo" would allow shipments to be brought into the interior of the country duty-free as a Foreign Trade Zone until leaving the area for their final US destination.

Containers at Intermodal Port

This ultimately develops into an ideal transportation-logistics hub, serving to help US companies import and warehouse goods in the US. This benefits the importing companies by only paying US Customs duty on products as they need them and they are shipped out of the Trade Zone, rather than all up front.

"The cat's out of the bag" said an insider involved with the project. As reported by the Gallup, NM Independent on January 21, 2009, Rolling Hills Ranches has just announced their plans to include an intermodal port in their land development project at Navajo, AZ. The intermodal port project, tentatively named the "Port of Navajo" would allow shipments to be brought into the interior of the country duty-free as a Foreign Trade Zone until leaving the area for their final US destination.

A consultant to the Rolling Hills Ranch project said "This ultimately develops into an ideal transportation-logistics hub, serving to help US companies import and warehouse goods in the US. This benefits the importing companies by only paying US Customs duty on products as they need them and they are shipped out of the Trade Zone, rather than all up front." This also helps reduce US Customs and US Border Patrol congestion and allows more efficient transfer of goods. Transported containers can easily be scanned to ensure excellent US national security and homeland security protocols remain in place. This transport-logistics hub also serves to provide an excellent export location for US-based businesses shipping their goods outside the US.

Transport efficiency research clearly indicates that access to an intermodal port by railroad alone is not enough. It is critical that a port be developed on an existing major transportation artery with shipping logistics provided by trucking companies for economical delivery to their final destination. With US Interstate 40 almost at the front door of the development, it provides easy access to this major trucking route. Available land must be cost-effective and a labor pool must be available for the development's success.

The prospectively named Port of Navajo in Apache County meets these criteria and is well-positioned in the growing North America trade corridor, serving the growing volumes of traffic between the U.S and Mexico and between Asia and North America. The port's access to Interstate 40 provides premium access to already bustling trucking traffic, plus will offer truckers coming from California an excellent place to spend their first night on the road since it is a day's drive from California. The prospective location is also planned to feature a world-class travel center, further enhancing the commercial, residential and tourist aspects of the site.

Many existing characteristics of the location already create a nexus for such a development. A prime location on one of the nation's main Interstates, I-40 and a existing rail spur that is currently operated by the Salt River Project coal-fired plant, connecting to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail lines. An interesting fact is that one of the nation's highest volume Walmart stores is located approximately 60-miles away, making it a prime prospect as one of the first customers in this intermodal port and warehousing project. Several existing rural communities present an ample labor force to pull from for the project so finding employees will not be a problem even with its rural location.

About Rolling Hills Ranch:

Rolling Hills Ranches is a developed ranch community located in northern Arizona. The ranch is comprised of 40-acre and larger lots suitable for home building or ranching and is ideal for those who wish to enjoy a rural lifestyle. Power and water are available and the community is bordered by paved roads on two sides. The commercial side of the project faces Interstate 40 which runs east and west through Arizona, also providing a buffer zone from the Interstate.

For more information about Rolling Hills Ranches and the residential or commercial aspects of the development please contact:

Von Jenson
Rolling Hills Ranch Manager
Ph: 877-859-2254

Web: RollingHillsRanches.net

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