More than 700 logistics and distribution companies, including Amazon ship anything, anywhere from Ohio. Why? Because when companies count on the predictable and reliable logistics infrastructure in Ohio for products, “it can get there from here.” That’s one of my favorite selling points when I talk to companies looking to locate or expand in Ohio.
Unlike many other states, the logistics and distribution assets of Ohio offer an omni-channel experience with a multitude of seamless and flexible choices at your fingertips including road, rail, water or air. That means no matter what a company’s preferred mode of transportation, you can get it there from here.
Ohio offers unprecedented infrastructure capabilities distributed across the state. This allows businesses that require global trade capabilities to simplify goods movement in, around and out of the country.
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Ohio is within 600 miles of more than half the U.S. and Canadian populations and is within one day’s drive of more than 60 percent of North America’s manufacturing capacity. Also, Ohio is the only Midwest state with direct shipping from the Port of Cleveland to Europe, reducing a company’s time to market.
The Cleveland Europe Express (CEE) is the only direct, scheduled vessel service that moves cargo between the Great Lakes and Europe. With nine foreign trade zones, Ohio boasts the greatest presence in the Midwest, generating the most volume of trade exports and the second largest number of trade receipts.
“We have proven that our door-to-door transit time is seven to 10 days faster than moving goods through large and often crowded ports on the East Coast,” said David Gutheil, Vice President of Maritime & Logistics at Port of Cleveland. “Our goal is to become the preferred method of maritime transportation for Ohio-based companies that move their goods to and from the European continent and beyond.”
This direct service, started by the Port of Cleveland in 2014, offers shippers of container and non-containerized cargo a more cost-effective and efficient means of moving cargo to global markets. According to the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, one ship can carry the same capacity as 301 rail cars or 963 semitrucks.
Simply put, the logistics, infrastructure and resources here in Ohio are spread across the entire state, making logistics a non-issue for companies allowing them to focus on additional assets such as our skilled talent pool and stable business climate. We invite you to get it there from Ohio.