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.
Las Vegas, NV freight rates The heavy amount of tourism in Las Vegas means you don’t have to gamble with finding affordable shipping rates in and out of Nevada’s population center. Because Las Vegas is high-consumption, outbound freight shipping is a very cheap option. Las Vegas is situated in the central part of the 11-state western region and offers cost-effective, rapid access to major domestic and international markets. The city is at the hub of three major highway corridors: U.S. 95, U.S. 93 and Interstate 15. Numerous motor carriers serving the Las Vegas valley offer transcontinental, fast freight and van-line shipping within two days to all major markets, including deliveries to nearly every major western U.S. market. Trucks are the most common mode of transportation, accounting for over 75 percent of the goods shipped from Nevada. McCarran International Airport is served by seven air cargo providers. Very little rail freight originates or is delivered to Las Vegas, as Nevada as a whole is a drive-through state for rail cargo.