Baltimore, Maryland freight rates The Baltimore region is home to blue crabs, row houses and the Port of Baltimore, the nation’s sixth largest port. The port is considered one of the country’s top container terminals and has seen increased container and break bulk cargo each year, thanks to a convenient location and investment in technology. It is 200 miles closer to the Midwest than any other Atlantic seaboard city. Plus, its use of computerized gate complexes, hand held computers and scanners and Electronic Data Interchange have greatly increased the port’s efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Baltimore is served by an extensive highway and rail network, and is home to two Class I and three regional railroads, as well as the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Cleveland, OH freight rates Cleveland offers direct-to-Europe express shipping service, cost-effective facilities and a prime location on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway system, a low-cost marine super-highway and the world’s longest deep-draft navigation system. The Port of Cleveland is the closest major U.S. port of call on the Great Lakes for ships transiting the seaway system, which extends 2,300 miles and borders eight states and two Canadian provinces. Rail service is offered by two Class I railroads and truck carriers have immediate access to I-90 and two state routes with convenient access to I-77 and I-71. With only seven air cargo companies serving the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the region offers less choice for air freight than other metropolitan areas. As a major manufacturing region, the majority of inbound freight consists of raw materials such as iron ore, limestone and steel, as well as heavy machinery and equipment, wind-energy components and other over-sized project cargo. Outbound cargo mostly consists of finished machinery and steel products.