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.
Milwaukee, WI freight rates Known for its delectable varieties of beer and sausage, Milwaukee is positioned in the upper Midwest near major highways, waterways and railroads. About a quarter of the nation’s population is within 600 miles of the region. Two interstates, I-94 and I-43, intersect Milwaukee while I-90 passes nearby. Five railroads provide freight service. And domestic and international shipments use the Port of Milwaukee, which handles more than 3 million tons of cargo per year. The Port serves locations throughout the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Gulf of Mexico, via the inland waterway system. Its 16 berths can accommodate vessels up to 1,000 feet. Because Milwaukee is located in the more industrial section of the state, freight shipping, especially LTL freight, is available for better prices than other areas of Wisconsin. Outbound freight rates from Milwaukee are almost always less than shipping to the region.