The Cleveland Plus region excels at import and export – translating into faster shipping times and reduced costs for your business. It all comes back to our strategic location and access to markets. Here, your shipments can go east, west, north or south via multiple modes of transportation, including two intermodal terminals. Moreover, our region reaches the largest number of consumers in a 250-mile/400-km radius compared with any other metro market in the U.S.
Northeast Ohio offers a wealth of transportation resources, including Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Akron Canton Airport, five interstate highways, Class 1 railroads and a variety of port and sea port facilities. Northeast Ohio ports are also Foreign Trade Zones, providing substantial savings for international shippers.
The Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) offers 156 daily non-stop departures to some 40 destinations, including the headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies and key markets around the world. The Akron Canton Airport (CAK), known for its low fares and relaxing environment, offers an additional 35 daily departures. (See image to the right and click to enlarge).
Additional air transportation options include Burke Lakefront Airport that connects Cleveland Plus to the world by providing premier air travel for business executives and corporate visitors via privately owned and charter aircrafts. The Akron Fulton Airport also offers first-class Fixed Base Operator services, including aircraft rental and charters.
Major airlines serving Northeast Ohio include ADI, Air Canada, Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United and US Airways. Cargo carriers include Continental, Federal Express, ServisAir GlobeGround, Southwest, Spirit, UPS, United States Post Office and World Wide Flight Services.
Additionally, the Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) is the only direct, scheduled vessel service that moves containerized and non-containerized cargo between the Great Lakes and Europe, through the Port of Antwerp. Our vessel partner, The Spliethoff Group, has immediate connections from the Port of Antwerp to Russia, Finland, Spain, UK and the Baltic States. During the winter closure of the St. Lawrence Seaway, cargoes are taken via a port on the East Coast. The Cleveland-Europe Express offers at least 50% savings on inland transport for specialized or oversized cargo, with transport times averaging 14-16 days vs. 25 days from East Coast ports, and Thru Bills of Lading to and from Russia, Finland, Baltic States, Poland, UK and Spain. Cargoes include:
- Pallet wide line supplied containers
- Shipper owned containers
- Heated and reefer containers
- Door to Door
- Rolling machinery and rolling heavy equipment
- Project cargoes, windmills equipment, heavy lifts
- Break-bulk cargo and various steel cargoes
- Dry bulk
Northeast Ohio, centrally located between New York City, Chicago and Toronto, is within a day’s drive of 60% of all U.S. Fortune 500 headquarters and provides quick market access to Canada.
NORTHEAST OHIO SEA PORTS
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
Cleveland Plus realizes inventory carrying costs and transportation savings by using 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.
The Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) program in Northeast Ohio includes Foreign-Trade Zones #40 and #181. These two zones cover more than 11,000 acres and nearly 40 different sites throughout 12 counties. Together they create one of the largest and most successful foreign-trade zone programs in the country. Northeast Ohio’s FTZ program is nationally recognized as a “best practice” in foreign-trade zone development and management. Foreign Trade Zones provide significant savings for global shippers, and are one reason that Ohio ranks number one in the U.S. in number of exporting companies.