Washington County offers easy accessibility by ground or air, and makes its convenient location the perfect place for world-class businesses to produce and ship their products or deliver services near and far.
The Tri-Cities Regional Airport, TN/VA (TRI) is a full-service commercial airport offering non-stop flights to four hubs (Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and Tampa/Clearwater-St. Petersburg). Moreover, there are more than 80 international connecting flights. Travelers may also use the airport’s business center for meetings on the go.
The Tri-Cities Air Cargo Logistics Center houses U.S. Customs Port No. 2027 and Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 204. These departments assist cargo transportation and serve as the airport’s economic development tool. The FTZ No. 204 is a vital part of the Tri-Cities region’s network of services, which combined with a location well situated to a majority of the country’s population, makes the area a key choice for international distribution centers and manufacturers.
The Foreign-Trade Zone offers importers exclusive benefits that are only available to zone users. These benefits include the reduction or elimination of U.S. Customs duties, the elimination of costly duty drawback programs, drastic reduction of transit times and delays at ocean ports, and an invaluable working relationship with the local Customs office. Did you know that Johnson City is within a day’s drive to more than 50 percent of the U.S. population? Washington County is connected by convenient roadway travel including two major interstates, I-26 and I-81, with direct access to all points north, south, east and west.
In 1856, Henry Johnson established Johnson City as “Johnson’s Depot”. Johnson’s Depot was a railroad station that evolved into one of the South’s major railway centers. Washington County has an extensive rail network of more than 200 trains that run through it weekly and link to 22 states in the eastern United States. Norfolk Southern Railway is the primary service provider, and the East Tennessee Railway (ETRY) is a 14-mile short line freight railroad that interchanges with both.