Transportation Warehouse & Distribution

Logistics, Warehousing and Distrbution in Illinois

Illinois Transportation Warehouse and Distribution

Illinois is a natural location for transportation, warehousing and distribution facilities. Located in the center of the country, with three coast to coast highways and at the intersection of all six major US railways, Illinois is a cost-effective location for storing and distributing products regionally, nationally, and globally. In fact, Fortune 500 companies operate nearly 300 distribution centers in Illinois. The State is within a days drive of two thirds of the U.S. population and from Chicago O Hare airport, travellers are within a 4 hour flight of all North American destinations.

Illinois has over 12,000 public warehousing facilities, readily available sites or buildings, and a wide array of terminals, freight forwarders and transportation companies. Several Illinois communities are leveraging their excellent rail and waterways locations and developing
world-class intermodal facilities. Superior intermodal facilities with Class I rail and access to navigable waterways have helped establish Will County, located outside Chicago, as a major inland port. Will County is served by four interstate highways, the Illinois and Michigan Canal and two Class I railroads. As a result of these rich transportation assets, it is home to the largest inland container port in North America, CenterPoint Intermodal Center (CIC). The CIC is situated on more than 6,500 acres and anchored by the BNSF Logistics Park and Union Pacific Intermodal Terminal, making it an ideal location for staging domestic and global goods distribution. Other intermodal facilities are located near Wilmington and Decator. In the south of Illinois Americas Central Port, situated on the Mississippi river and with access to Interstate I-44, I-55, I-64, and I-70 offers 1.7 million sq ft of rail served warehouse space as well as 50,000 sq ft of office space.

As well as Chicago O Hare, Illinois' second largest airport is Chicago Rockford International Airport, which loads nearly a billion pounds of cargo annually, and is a major sorting hub for UPS.

Key facts

  • Freight moved by truck accounts for 76% of total freight tonnage and 71% of total freight value in the Chicago area.
  • 9 major interstate corridors intersect in Illinois including three coast to coast highways - the state contains 2,185 interstate miles, ranking 3rd in the U.S.
  • By value, leading commodities shipped by truck include machinery, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and petroleum.

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