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.
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.