Austin, TX freight rates As the capital city of Texas, Austin benefits from a prime central location in both the U.S. and in the heart of the Lone Star State. Haulers can take advantage of the region’s location at the intersection of I-35 (the NAFTA corridor) and a network of U.S. and state highways. Three of the nation’s 10 largest cities – Houston, San Antonio and Dallas – are no more than three hours away. Austin is served by two Class I railroads and two regional railroads. The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport handled 155 million pounds of cargo in 2014. The city is within 250 miles of four of the top 11 U.S. ports: Houston, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and Texas City. It is also within a four-hour drive to Laredo, the major port of entry between the U.S. and Mexico. Like most of Texas, freight shipping in and out of Austin is quite affordable due to the high volume of goods moving in, out and through the state, and efficient due to the transportation network and mild winters.
Tampa, Florida freight rates The central Florida city of Tampa is home to the highly traveled Port Tampa Bay, the closest full service port to the Panama Canal. It handled more than 36 million tons of cargo in 2014 and is one of the world’s premier fertilizer ports. With major interstate systems I-4, I-75 and I-275 running through the region, Tampa is connected to major U.S. cities like Atlanta, Cincinnati, Orlando and Detroit, as well as to the Canadian border. The region offers 500 miles of active railroad and siding tracks, which maintains a major rail yard, an intermodal terminal, a TRANSFLO terminal and an automotive distribution center in Tampa. The region isn’t as affected by the tourism industry as other locations in Florida, but like other destinations in the Sunshine State, the summer citrus season can drive freight prices up. LTL shipping is usually affordable due to the volume of goods moving through the area via truck and rail.