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.
Seattle, WA freight rates Not only can Seattle boast a Super Bowl winning football team, excellent coffee and a vibrant music scene, it is also a great air and ocean gateway for cargo from Asia to multiple points in North America. The Port of Seattle is made up of 1,543 acres of waterfront land and nearby properties including container terminals, general purpose/cargo terminals, a Foreign Trade Zone, break-bulk cargo and refrigerated cargo and storage. The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport offers cargo options from 20 U.S. and 14 foreign carriers, as well as a concentration of nearby freight forwarders, customs brokers, distribution centers and other logistics supply chain service providers. Most of the state of Washington’s rail lines connect to the busy ports, allowing for local shipping rates to remain low and reasonable. LTL freight is usually affordable due to the volume of goods moving through the state. Winter weather in the mountainous regions of the state can affect price and efficiency of cargo moving on the ground to and from the city.