Detroit, Michigan freight rates The Motor City offers several convenient and efficient options for shipping cargo in and out of the region. Michigan is one of only two Great Lakes states with toll-free highways, which lowers the cost of transporting items to and from Detroit. The city also serves as the busiest border crossing in North America, with more than 10,000 trucks crossing the Ambassador Bridge into Canada daily. The Detroit region is served by four of the seven national Class I railroads, unique to only one-third of the nation, and three of the four railroads have intermodal terminals in the region. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport ranks in the top 25 for cargo movement in North America. The Port of Detroit is the third largest international gateway in the U.S. It connects the Great Lakes and the entire Midwest to the St. Lawrence Seaway, and imports over 750 million tons of steel annually.
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.
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