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.
Denver, CO freight rates Denver offers a few challenges when shipping in and out of The Mile High City. The mountainous terrain and unpredictable weather can make truck transport a hazardous endeavor during the winter. During other seasons, outbound freight will likely be less expensive than shipping into Denver, and LTL shipping can often be found for affordable rates. Metro Denver has made significant improvements to the region’s transportation infrastructure in the past decade with development of the area’s beltway and toll roads. In addition to trucking, a pair of Class I railroads provide freight service to metro Denver. One way to efficiently move cargo in and out of Denver is via air. The Denver International Airport’s efficient airfield and 39-acre cargo ramp make freight handling easy. Within 20 miles of the airport are 50 freight forwarders and customs brokers.