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.
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.