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.
Jacksonville, FL freight rates The northeast Florida city of Jacksonville is the self-proclaimed “America’s Logistics Center.” The city boasts 10 airports, four ports, a strong network of railways and convenient access to major highways and interstates. The region’s deep water port, JAXPORT, has three marine terminals that handle 8 million tons of cargo annually, including more than 515,000 vehicles. Jacksonville is intersected by three major interstate highways (I-10, I-95, and I-75) and a back-door road to I-295 provides expedited access in and out of the city. Three commercial trade railroads also provide service to the region. A local Foreign Trade Zone encompasses six counties and the region has a well-established Latin American trade lane and expanding shipping business to and from Asia and Europe. Like with other Florida markets, Jacksonville freight rates will change with the seasons because of the tourist and citrus industries. LTL freight shipping is usually affordable due to the volume of goods moving through the state by truck and rail.