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Logistics and distribution

Location, infrastructure and talent. Those three elements combine to make the Charlotte region ideal for distribution and logistics operations.

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Logistics and distribution
Logistics and Distribution


Those three elements combine to make Charlotte ideal for distribution and logistics operations. Located at a strategic point on the East Coast between major ports and inland cities, the Charlotte region provides easy access to the bulk of the United States’ population.

Transportation assets include Charlotte Douglas International Airport (the sixth busiest airport in the nation by total aircraft movements) the intersection of two major interstate highways, an inland terminal operated by the North Carolina Ports Authority and Norfolk Southern’s state-of-the-art intermodal facility and CSX’s recently launched direct rail service to the Port of Wilmington.

Logistics and Distribution

Transportation Assets

Charlotte’s strategic location places it centrally on the East Coast, with similar distances to New York, Miami, Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans. Businesses can reach 53 percent of the U.S. population in 2 hours by plane and 12 hours by truck.

Charlotte is served by a highly efficient interstate system. Interstates 85 and 77 link Charlotte with the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport provides over 700 daily flights and serves over 44 million passengers annually.

The Charlotte region’s Foreign Trade Zone #57, adjacent to the airport, is a catalyst for companies to improve their competitiveness and profitability in international trade.

The North Carolina Ports Authority operates an inland terminal in Charlotte, linking port facilities in Wilmington with businesses in Charlotte.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

• More than 700 daily flights to more than 150 destinations
• Over 44 million passengers served each year
• More than 150,000 tons of cargo shipped annually

Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility at CLT

• 200-acre facility
• Capable of 200,000 lifts per year
• Connects to intermodal facilities at Port of Charleston

Wilson Air Center

• Executive terminal
• 250,000 square feet of heated hangar space

Norfolk Southern Crescent rail corridor 

• $2.5 billion infrastructure project
• Connects New Orleans and New York City, passing through CLT

Charlotte Inland Terminal

• 16 acres
• Stacking space for 391 containers
• Connects to Port of Wilmington, NC, via CSX double-stack route

CSX double-stack line

• Access to Port of Wilmington

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Chuck McShane, PhD

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Chuck McShane, PhD

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