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.
Los Angeles, CA freight rates More than 100,000 metric tons of international goods are transported annually through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handle over 40 percent of all inbound containers for the entire United States. Shippers can efficiently move freight to and from the ports using the Alameda Corridor, a 20-mile-long rail cargo expressway linking the ports to the transcontinental rail network near downtown Los Angeles. In addition, an excellent freeway and highway system allows multimodal transport and efficient origination for cross-country delivery. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is another component of the region’s international trade. LAX handles high-value products, such as medical instruments, electronics and perishables and processes about 2 million tons of cargo annually. The airport is served by 43 international carriers and all major air freight lines.