All major U.S cities have the capacity to move goods in different ways, as trade and commerce are key factors in the growth and development of a city. However, there are many different factors that can contribute to how cargo is shipped into and out of a region. Cities with direct access to ports have an advantage in international shipping, as the flow of goods arriving and departing a port city is more diverse and higher volume. Some cities have a larger railroad infrastructure in their region, providing access to broader rail networks crisscrossing the country, often connecting landlocked cities directly to sea lanes and trucking routes via intermodal transfers and transportation hubs.
Airfreight is also an important consideration, depending on what you are shipping. Though most major cities have a direct connection to an international airport with freight cargo facilities, some airports are served by more freight carriers and have a much larger capacity to move goods than others. In addition, many large shipping markets fall along the intersections of major interstates and trucking lanes, giving motorized freight easy access to the most direct highway routes to and from their destinations. The more shipping options available in a region usually mean the best chance of getting a great price to ship.
Depending on the distance to be traveled, the weight of a shipment, its freight class, and other accessorial charges, different modes of transport, from direct door-to-door delivery via trucking to intermodal shipping involving multiple methods of transferring cargo between sea, air, rail, and road may achieve the most efficient route and lowest price. When shipping to or from these major markets, it is important to explore not only the best mode of transport available that fits your shipping needs, but also the market capacity of the region. The amount of cargo arriving or departing a city can fluctuate based on how the city traditionally relies on imports and exports for its resources as well as other seasonal factors. If a freight market is at a tight capacity and moving a large amount of cargo, such as an agricultural economy during harvest season, freight prices can be affected by the increase in goods and decrease in cargo space. Koho partners with carriers to examine all of these factors in order to determine the most efficient and cost effective way to ship your cargo.