Morgan County is served by three public port facilities. The ports at Mallard-Fox Creek and the Morgan County Port Authority Docks offer direct access to the Tennessee River, with a nine-foot, year-round navigable channel. The ports also link the area to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, connecting 16,000 miles of waterways and linking the region with 13 other states and the Gulf of Mexico.
The facility at Mallard-Fox Creek Industrial Park is part of the General Purpose Zone #83 and offers resident industries a number of shipping and customs-related advantages. General Purpose Zones are specially designed areas that are considered to be outside the customs territory of the United States.
They provide the following benefits to its users:
- No duty is ever paid on re-exported merchandise
- If the merchandise is sold domestically, no duty is paid until it leaves the zone
- No duty is paid on waste. Duty on scrap is eliminated or reduced
- Merchandise in a zone may be stored, repacked, manipulated, destroyed or otherwise altered or changed