Why Cleveland, Ohio is Great for Freight!

by | Apr 29, 2016 | Less Than Truckload

When one thinks of Cleveland, OH, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, world-class orchestra, or the now NBA champion, Cavaliers likely come to mind faster than freight. In fact, there’s a 99% chance that freight doesn’t come to mind at all. It’s understandable, but in the freight universe, Cleveland is a great place to be.

While other larger cities fare well in the freight world, Cleveland is regularly regarded as one of the best and will typically make the Top-10 lists of most logistical and transportation lists. In fact, The Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria metropolitan area was ranked the #1 city nationally based on information criteria important to logistics professionals in Logistics Today’s Site Selector, 2005. Here’s why:

  1. Rail Access

Cleveland has access to a national rail system including hubs for: Norfolk Southern, Amtrack, and Conrail.rail map













Photo credit: http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/sites/default/files/forms_publications/TriC_CNC.pdf?id=3395



  1. Water/Seaway Access

Located on Lake Erie, the Port of Cleveland provides maritime access throughout the Great Lakes, Canada, and has access to the Atlantic Ocean via the St. Lawrence seaway. According to the Port of Cleveland,

“The Port handles a variety of cargoes including steel, wind turbine components and bulk products. Overall, Cleveland Harbor’s public and private terminals average 13 million tons of cargo annually.

Location is a key advantage:

  • Closest major U.S. port of call on the Great Lakes for ships transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway System.
  • Within an 8-hour drive of half of all U.S. households, businesses and manufacturing plants.”

port of cleveland map


Photo Credit: www.portofcleveland.com


  1. Air Cargo Access

Hopkins International Airport acts as the hub for several major airlines and includes freight shipping centers will all of the major carriers.

hopkins international airport



  1. Interstate Highway Access

Cleveland is connected to the rest of the world via 4 Interstate highways:

  • I-80
  • I-90
  • I-71
  • I-77

This makes Cleveland one of the most accessible cities in the U.S., and we can get to 80% of the U.S. population within one day.


Easy access to multiple modes of transportation is a necessity to any logistics business involved in shipping products across the country and beyond. Most cities have access to one or more modes, but few have access to all. Some cities, like Cleveland, are naturally better suited to the logistics industry because of their location in the world and therefore give them a better shipping advantage.

While not as densely populated as one of the major markets like New York or Chicago, Cleveland is still well-positioned to move freight quickly, efficiently, and in many cases, more inexpensively than many other markets across the U.S.

With over 50 years of logistics and freight moving experience, Amware is one of the most recognized and trusted logistics companies in Cleveland, Ohio. To find out how we can save you money on your shipping costs by leveraging our prime location, CONTACT US today or download your free trial of AMRATE, our industry leading freight quoting software platform.




About Dan Ramella

About Dan Ramella

Dan Ramella is a member of Amware's executive team, helping drive growth and manage key relationships. With over 20-years experience in the transportation and logistics industry, Dan has helped Amware become one of Northeast Ohio's premier 3PLs