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.
Kansas City, MO freight rates Home of the 2015 World Series champion Kansas City Royals, this Midwestern city boasts one of the premier transportation and logistics networks in the country. Kansas City is the largest rail center in the U.S. by tonnage, thanks to its central location and a rail corridor that spans coast-to-coast and border-to-border. The city has the most freeway lane miles per capita of any city in the U.S. and is one of only five cities intersected by four interstate highways (I-35, I-70, I-29, I-49). The area moves more air cargo in a six-state area than any region in the U.S., and ranks as the No. 3 trucking center with single-day truck access to nearly every major Midwestern market. Add in the most Foreign Trade Zone space in the U.S., the most climate-controlled underground warehouse space and two intermodal logistics parks, and businesses have all they need to move freight in and out of this world-class shipping environment.