Tampa, Florida freight rates The central Florida city of Tampa is home to the highly traveled Port Tampa Bay, the closest full service port to the Panama Canal. It handled more than 36 million tons of cargo in 2014 and is one of the world’s premier fertilizer ports. With major interstate systems I-4, I-75 and I-275 running through the region, Tampa is connected to major U.S. cities like Atlanta, Cincinnati, Orlando and Detroit, as well as to the Canadian border. The region offers 500 miles of active railroad and siding tracks, which maintains a major rail yard, an intermodal terminal, a TRANSFLO terminal and an automotive distribution center in Tampa. The region isn’t as affected by the tourism industry as other locations in Florida, but like other destinations in the Sunshine State, the summer citrus season can drive freight prices up. LTL shipping is usually affordable due to the volume of goods moving through the area via truck and rail.
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.