Minneapolis, MN freight rates Leaders in the Minneapolis area believe the transportation infrastructure of the Twin Cities is a leading factor to why the region is considered the second least stressful city in the nation. That means shipping in and out of the Greater MSP region should be relatively stress-free as well. Highway access is provided by I-35 and I-94. Four Class I railroads serve the area. The Minneapolis area also has convenient access to two major bodies of water that provide efficient shipping options. Just to the north is the Port of Duluth on Lake Superior, which connects the region’s businesses to ocean-going cargo ships. To the south, there are three ports on the Mississippi River for hauling products to the Gulf of Mexico. Minneapolis freight rates are usually higher than most because there are not many cities or urban areas surrounding the area or within the state. Rates can also peak in the summer.
Indianapolis, IN freight rates Home of the famed Indianapolis 500 auto race, the Indianapolis metro area can speedily handle a variety of freight shipping needs. Its convenient location and amenities also mean lower freight hauling costs in and out of the region. Truck haulers can use one of six interstate highways (I-65, I-70, I-74, I-69, I-465, I-865) and can keep costs down by avoiding toll roads in the region. From the city, trucks can reach 75 percent of U.S. and Canadian populations within 36 hours. In addition, Indianapolis is the second largest FedEx hub in the world and ranks No. 9 in the nation in total rail miles, moving nearly 290 million rail tons of freight in 2013. These advantages provide quicker fulfillment, better customer satisfaction and lower costs.