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.
Portland, OR freight rates The Greater Portland region serves as a major West Coast freight hub and is a critical link for Pacific Northwest trade. The region is home to two world-class ports, the Port of Vancouver USA and Port of Portland, which can be reached from Asian ports in 14 days. Greater Portland is the only major metro market in the western U.S. where two Class I railroads converge. This allows companies to benefit from negotiating costs. Interstates 5 and 84 are major inter-regional highways that intersect in the Portland metro area. And the Portland International Airport is served by 13 air cargo carriers. Oregon’s agriculture and lumber industries provide a steady stream of freight moving through the state. This results in affordable LTL shipping in Portland. Moving freight via truck may be more expensive in Portland and the rest of the western half of the state due to the rugged terrain.