Chicago, IL freight rates Chicago offers an unmatched combination of transportation modes and infrastructure for both domestic and international freight shipping. The city serves as a hub for six of the nation’s seven Class I North American railroads, making it the premier rail hub in the country. The region is connected to six major U.S. interstate highways, with a large amount of truck-hauled freight going to neighboring states. Chicago is also home to O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airports. Common items shipped in and out of the region include electronics, pharmaceuticals and machinery. A lot of goods flow between the Windy City and East Asia. Railroads and trucks take international items to and from California’s ports, and airplanes make stops in Alaska between the two destinations. Inbound freight rates are relatively affordable in the city because of larger demand for outbound freight.
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.