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.
Milwaukee, WI freight rates Known for its delectable varieties of beer and sausage, Milwaukee is positioned in the upper Midwest near major highways, waterways and railroads. About a quarter of the nation’s population is within 600 miles of the region. Two interstates, I-94 and I-43, intersect Milwaukee while I-90 passes nearby. Five railroads provide freight service. And domestic and international shipments use the Port of Milwaukee, which handles more than 3 million tons of cargo per year. The Port serves locations throughout the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Gulf of Mexico, via the inland waterway system. Its 16 berths can accommodate vessels up to 1,000 feet. Because Milwaukee is located in the more industrial section of the state, freight shipping, especially LTL freight, is available for better prices than other areas of Wisconsin. Outbound freight rates from Milwaukee are almost always less than shipping to the region.