Dallas, TX freight rates Whether shipping freight domestically or internationally, you can move cargo relatively quickly in and out of the Dallas region. Nearly all of the country’s population can be reached from Dallas by rail in 48 hours or less, and more than a third can be reached by truck. The region boasts three major rail lines and four rail intermodal facilities. A major interstate hub, Dallas has five interstate highways passing through (I-20, I-30, I-35, I-635, I-45). By plane, all major U.S. business centers are accessible within 3.5 hours. The Dallas-Fort Worth Airport provides non-stop access to 147 U.S. and 55 international cities, and handled 700,000 tons of cargo in 2014. Dallas is a major distribution hub for trade with Mexico, and is a regional Port of Entry to clear customs. The region has also invested heavily in the International Inland Port of Dallas, which will serve as a prominent inland port with enhanced security to facilitate the customs process and expanded Foreign Trade Zone when completed.
Houston, Texas freight rates Whether by sea, highway or rail, a major portion of the country’s freight passes in and out of the Houston region. The region is home to the ports of Houston, Galveston, Freeport and Texas City. The Port of Houston ranks first in the U.S. in foreign tonnage and is the largest container port in the Gulf Coast, handling 66 percent of Gulf Coast container traffic in 2013. A recent expansion of the Panama Canal to allow larger ocean freighters should increase port traffic. As one of the nation’s busiest rail centers, the Houston region has a rail network of more than 800 miles of rail line and 21 miles of railroad bridges. Additionally, 10 major rail companies serve the Houston region and 150 trucking lines connect the Port of Houston to the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. Houston is the crossroads for Interstate Highways 10 and 45, as well as several state highways.