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.
San Diego, CA freight rates The Port of San Diego offers two maritime cargo terminals, and the community is working to increase capacity to balance export cargo with its abundant import freight. The port specializes in break-bulk and roll-on/roll-off cargoes. Its National City Marine Terminal handles the import and export of vehicles and heavy equipment, with a 140-acre on-dock facility that’s able to hold 120 railcars for automobile loading and unloading. The port’s terminals also handle windmill generator components from Japan and windmill products from Europe and South America, as well as fruit and dry goods. The San Diego County Regional Airport recently added direct service to London and Tokyo to increase cargo shipping opportunities to those markets. One service the region is lacking is rail. San Diego is served by stub-end service from one Class I carrier, and a short line connection to a Mexican carrier. Though new outlets are being investigated, the current Class I service is limited for freight because of the abundance of passenger trains using the local infrastructure.