Salt Lake City, UT freight rates Salt Lake City’s prime geographic location has garnered it the title “Crossroads of the West.” The city directly connects to or is near several major interstate highways: Interstate 80 (east to New York City/west to San Francisco), Interstate 70 (east to Denver), and Interstate 1-15 (north to Canada/south to Mexico). There are more than 2,300 interstate and intrastate motor freight carriers with operations in Utah. The area’s rail system provides interline switching routes for West coast rail transit shipments, and for Eastern and Midwestern transit shipments, with the advantage of not having to backhaul shipments. A new trans-loading facility located in Salt Lake City can accommodate up to 250,000 container lifts annually and is the first major destination and interchange point for Union-Pacific Railroad from Seattle, Portland, Oakland and Los Angeles/Long Beach. The Salt Lake City International Airport is served by 16 cargo carriers that handle more than 550 million pounds of air cargo a year. The city is also a full service customs port city.
Austin, TX freight rates As the capital city of Texas, Austin benefits from a prime central location in both the U.S. and in the heart of the Lone Star State. Haulers can take advantage of the region’s location at the intersection of I-35 (the NAFTA corridor) and a network of U.S. and state highways. Three of the nation’s 10 largest cities – Houston, San Antonio and Dallas – are no more than three hours away. Austin is served by two Class I railroads and two regional railroads. The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport handled 155 million pounds of cargo in 2014. The city is within 250 miles of four of the top 11 U.S. ports: Houston, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and Texas City. It is also within a four-hour drive to Laredo, the major port of entry between the U.S. and Mexico. Like most of Texas, freight shipping in and out of Austin is quite affordable due to the high volume of goods moving in, out and through the state, and efficient due to the transportation network and mild winters.