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.
Kansas City, MO freight rates Home of the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals, this Midwestern city boasts one of the premier transportation and logistics networks in the country. Kansas City is the largest rail center in the U.S. by tonnage, thanks to its central location and a rail corridor that spans coast-to-coast and border-to-border. The city has the most freeway lane miles per capita of any city in the U.S. and is one of only five cities intersected by four interstate highways (I-35, I-70, I-29, I-49). The area moves more air cargo in a six-state area than any region in the U.S., and ranks as the No. 3 trucking center with single-day truck access to nearly every major Midwestern market. Add in the most Foreign Trade Zone space in the U.S., the most climate-controlled underground warehouse space and two intermodal logistics parks, and businesses have all they need to move freight in and out of this world-class shipping environment.