Saint Louis International Airport
The Marketing and Business Development Team at Saint
Louis International Airport (STL) strives to promote and grow
air cargo activity and to enhance trade opportunities between
Saint Louis and global markets, with particular emphasis on
Asia and Latin America. In pursuit of this goal, STL is
committed to ensuring the most favorable business
conditions possible for all of its cargo partners, including
airlines, freight forwarders, customs brokers, and
As part of this commitment, STL offers an Air Service
Incentive Program aimed at mitigating new market start-up
costs for airlines that initiate service to/from STL. Program V
(“New Transoceanic Destinations”) of STL’s Air Service
Incentive Program is specifically tailored to incentivize new
transoceanic service and currently offers an 18 month waiver
of landing fees and applicable terminal building rentals for
cargo flights that meet the eligibility requirements.
However, airlines aren’t the only ones that benefit from the
opportunities available at STL. Importers/exporters will
experience considerable cost savings from a recently
expanded foreign-trade zone in the immediate vicinity of the
airport. In addition, strategic partnerships will provide new
on-airport facility solutions, meeting the needs of a wide
range of airport-related users at competitive lease rates.
These are only a few of the reasons why STL is a great place
to do business for airlines and cargo-related companies.
Please take a moment to review all the benefits and
opportunities outlined on our website—we’re sure that you’ll
Experience Convenience and Affordability
Shipping cargo via STL has never been more convenient and affordable.
Cargo facilities designed to expedite the flow of freight are already in place
with U.S. Customs conveniently located on-site. In addition, the expansion of
Foreign-Trade Zone No. 102, located in the immediate vicinity of STL, makes
international trade affordable by reducing the cost of importing and exporting
for businesses that operate within the zone.
Current Cargo Facilities
Cargo facilities at STL are conveniently located on both sides of the primary
parallel runways. Configured in typical flow-through fashion, the cargo
facilities are equipped to handle both current and next-generation cargo
Services offered at the airport’s cargo facility include:
Aircraft parking adjacent to facilities
Direct ramp access
Other key areas of the cargo facilities include high-bay storage areas, work
stations for makeup and breakdown of unit load devices (ULDs), and
storage areas for freight that requires special handling.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
STL’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office is located on-site and
is staffed with veteran customs officers and agricultural experts. These
experienced professionals are equipped to handle a variety of shipment
types, including those that may require specialized handling, such as
agricultural products, perishables, and dangerous goods.
The CBP office at STL is a collaborative partner with the cargo community
and consistently strives to provide efficient and expedited service.
Continuous dialogue between the airport and the Saint Louis CBP ensures
that airlines, freight forwarders, customs brokers, and importers/exporters
receive the guidance and support needed to ensure the timely release of
Foreign-Trade Zone No. 102
Saint Louis has recently expanded Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) No. 102,
fostering regional growth and reinvestment by mitigating the cost of certain
goods admitted into the zones.
Upon arrival to the United States, goods transported to an FTZ are accorded
special benefits, allowing companies that use the zone to defer, reduce, or
eliminate customs duties on imported goods admitted into the zone for
storage, manufacture, or processing. These benefits translate into
considerable cost savings for businesses that utilize the zone—cost savings
that can increase cash flow and grow business, giving local importers a
competitive edge in the global marketplace.