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Access to Markets

Cleveland is centrally located in the most populated region in the US and is within a day's drive of 60% of all U.S. Fortune 500 headquarters and provides quick market access to Canada. In addition, a variety of other transportation options, including excellent highways, rail, port and an international airport offer a broad range of low-cost transportation and shipping options.

Port of Cleveland

The Port of Cleveland has the best heavy lift capacity on the Great Lakes. Port facilities include nine berths and 6,500 linear feet of dock space. Docks are maintained at a full seaway depth, which is 27 feet. The docks have excellent connections to three major interstates (I-71, I-77, I-90), as well as the Norfolk Southern and CSX railroad. Four terminal operators use port facilities: Oglebay-Norton, Essroc, Kenmore Construction and Federal Marine Terminals.
Cleveland realizes inventory carrying costs and transportation savings by utilizing the Mississippi and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. Our Cleveland Port route saves from two to four days on a vessel from Europe to Cleveland, rather than the traditional route of shipping cargo to an east coast port and then using either rail or truck transport to our region.
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Highway Access

Within 800 km (a one-day drive) of Cleveland, businesses have convenient access to 43% of the U.S. population, 43% of the Canadian population and 56% of Fortune 500 U.S. headquarters. This region has the largest number of consumers within a 250-mile radius of any U.S. metro market.
Highway access map


Driving Distance to Major US Cities from Cleveland





Atlanta, GA

710.32 miles

11 hours, 25 min

Baltimore, MD

376.40 miles

6 hours, 22 min

Birmingham, AL

711.97 miles

11 hours, 20 min

Boston, MA

639.09 miles

10 hours, 29 min

Buffalo, NY

188.73 miles

3 hours, 14 min

Charlotte, NC

516.28 miles

8 hours, 20 min

Chicago, IL

345.24 miles

5 hours, 28 min

Cincinnati, OH

248.39 miles

4 hours,10 min

Columbus, OH

142.21 miles

2 hours, 25 min

Detroit, MI

168.68 miles

2 hours, 50 min

Hamilton, ON, Canada

264.68 miles

4 hours,37 min

Indianapolis, IN

315.47 miles

5 hours, 11 min

Jacksonville, FL

896.00 miles

14 hours, 14 min

London, ON, Canada

288.20 miles

5 hours, 6 min

Louisville, KY

348.42 miles

5 hours, 46 min

Memphis, TN

731.05 miles

11 hours, 38 min

Milwaukee, WI

435.51 miles

7 hours, 13 min

Montreal, QC, Canada

582.78 miles

9 hours, 57 min

Nashville, TN

520.54 miles

8 hours, 25 min

New York, NY

463.10 miles

7 hours, 50 min

Newark, NJ

454.23 miles

7 hours, 33 min

Ottawa, ON, Canada

521.28 miles

8 hours, 51 min

Philadelphia, PA

432.62 miles

7 hours, 10 min

Raleigh, NC

568.84 miles

9 hours, 23 min

Sault Ste. Marie, MI

496.92 miles

8 hours, 8 min

Toledo, OH

114.87 miles

1 hour, 55 min

Toronto, ON, Canada

291.01 miles

5 hours, 4 min

Virginia Beach, VA

571.36 miles

9 hours, 43 min

Washington, DC

373.82 miles

6 hours, 26 min

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is now home to two airline focus city operations with United Airlines and Frontier Airlines. There are currently 144 daily departures to 40 nonstop markets from the following carriers: Air Jazz Canada, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, United and US Airways. Markets include international service to Cancun, Punta Cana and Toronto. 

With Robust flight service, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport provides excellent service for local businesses and your business is able to conveniently access regional, national and international destinations.
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Rail Access

In addition to highway access, Cleveland is a location that is served by a multitude of Class 1 and Class 2 regional rail carriers. Below is a list of carriers serving the Cleveland region.

Class 1 Carriers

CSX Transportation, Inc.
Norfolk Southern Railway Company

Class 2 Regional Carriers

Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway

Short Line Railroads

Arcelor Mittal Cleveland Works Railway Co.
Cleveland Commercial Railroad Co.
Columbus and Ohio River Rail Road Co.
Flats Industrial Railroad
Lake Terminal Railroad Company
Newburgh & South Shore
OHI-RAIL Corporation
Ohio and Pennsylvania Railroad Company
Ohio Central Railroad, Inc.
R.J. Corman Railway Co.
Rail access map

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