Whether your freight transportation needs are intermodal, LTL, truckload, or rail, FreightCenter expertly handles shipping freight from Tampa, FL to Chicago, IL - making it easy and affordable. Our partnerships with top freight companies in Tampa, FL allow us to offer volume-discounted freight rates, backed by our Lowest Price Guarantee. Get a free, Instant Freight Quote and book your shipment today.
Home to FreightCenter's headquarters, the Tampa Bay Area also hosts Port Tampa Bay (formerly known as “Port of Tampa”) in Hillsborough County. Located in Tampa’s downtown area, the port opens up to the Gulf of Mexico. With the expansion of the Panama Canal, Tampa has seen tremendous growth in cargo container shipping. Port Tampa Bay ranks 16th in the country for freight volume to the continental United States. The port also sees heavy volume in foreign imports and exports.
Besides ocean freight and over the road trucking, shipping to Tampa, FL can be done via rail freight or intermodal transportation, as well. CSX has a major rail yard in Tampa where lines connect to major cities in Florida, such as: Jacksonville, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Tallahassee.
FreightCenter partners will a large network of regional and nationwide carriers to find capacity for loads moving in and out of Tampa, FL and metro area.
The great city of Chicago is located near the Southern most area of Lake Michigan. This is one of the many factors that contribute to Chicago being the sixth largest export market in all the United States. So much so, that 1 in every 5 jobs in Chicago depend on imports or exports.
As we would expect for a city such as Chicago to have the greatest part of its freight transportation to be water born. Besides Chicago having a major freight rail and two major airports, where massive amounts of cargo enter and exit Chicago, its port still takes the lead. Illinois International Port is the port that moves the most cargo in all of the Great Lakes, by moving over 19 million tons of cargo per year. This massive movement of goods and products emerging from all ports in Chicago, would put Chicago among the top 36 ports in all of the United States. The cargo that embarks from these ports travel through the world, having an ever-present role in the global economy.
If Chicago's history shows us one thing, is that Chicago has been an leader and entrepreneur in freight transport since its early years. In 1906 the Chicago Tunnel Company created a railway freight tunnel network that traveled through the entire downtown are of Chicago. Chicago has for decades been a leader in freight transport, which brings no surprise as to why it is one of America's most thriving cities.