Agri-business accounts for approximately one-third of the local business. The market Value of farm products sold include peanuts at $19.7 million; cotton, $23 million; hogs, $22.7 million; poultry, $20.8 million; forestry products, $16.3 million; beef cattle, $1.5 million; tobacco, $800 thousand; and soy beans, $600 thousand. The total value including miscellaneous products is $108 million.
Principle types of industrial and commercial activity in the county are textile, apparel, lumber, chemical manufacturing, boat manufacturing, and agricultural processing.
Northampton County is excellently situated with respect to highways. Interstate 95, the nation's major north-south thoroughfare on the eastern coast, bisects the county. Three U. S. primary routes cross Northampton: 158,258 and 301. In addition, there are six state primary routes providing ready access to destinations in all directions.
CSX Transportation, Inc. offers freight and piggyback service in the County along three main tracks.
Commercial air service is available at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (90 miles) and Norfolk,VA International Airport (90 miles). Additionally, two Municipal airports serve Northampton County at Woodland and Roanoke Rapids. Each have a 4000 foot paved lighted runway with fuel available.
The deep-water port complex at Hampton Roads, VA, is located 90 miles northeast of Northampton County, with direct highway and rail linkage. The Chowan River (30 miles) supports bulk-shipping barge traffic via the Albemarle Sound and the Inter-coastal Waterway to ports in North Carolina and Virginia.
Commercial bus services are provided to Northampton County residents by Carolina Trailways and Greyhound.
Two local terminals and numerous regional carriers serve the Northampton County area.
County wide parcel service is provided by United Parcel Service, Federal Express, Courier and others.