The United States Waterways System allows for low-cost transportation of bulk commodities. Marquis Marine Inc. offers access to this system at mile marker 209 on the Illinois River. The Marquis Marine dock handles over 70,000,000 gallons of ethanol and 300,000 tons of DDGS every year. Barges of fertilizer and salt are unloaded at the facility as well. These facilities provide a unique opportunity for Illinois-produced commodities to be efficiently transported to the U.S. Gulf for export.