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Why Memphis

You’ll find that Memphis has a lot of nicknames. America’s Distribution Center is one of them and for good reason. We’re a quadrimodal powerhouse with assets known as the 4 Rs – Runways, Rail, Road and River – which represent a critical infrastructure that sets us apart in today’s global commerce landscape


With the 2nd busiest air cargo airport in the world, 5 Class-I railroads, the fifth largest inland port in the U.S., and home to the FedEx World Hub, Memphis has earned the title as “America’s Distribution Center”. Additionally, Memphis has the second largest concentration of transportation, distribution and logistics workers in the nation. Truck shipments can reach more destinations next-day from Memphis than any other city in the nation. As shown in the map below, Memphis is located within a 20-hour drive of 75% of the U.S population



As the home of the FedEx World Hub, our airport ships all night long. In fact, it’s the second busiest air cargo airport in the world. If turnaround time is your priority, Memphis is your answer.

Memphis’ early economy was built on access to the Mississippi River, and it continues to be a vital component of the nation’s intermodal transportation network. The International Port of Memphis generates more customs duties than most major U.S. seaports and in 2017, handled more than 11.53 million short tons.

The International Port of Memphis is:

  • The fifth largest inland port in the U.S.
  • The second largest inland port on the shallow draft portion of the Mississippi.
  • The largest still water harbor on the Mississippi River.
  • Home to the Valero petroleum refinery, the only refinery in the State of Tennessee


  • Give us 48 hours and your goods can reach 45 states, Canada and Mexico by rail. Memphis is one of only four U.S. cities served by five Class I rail systems:
  • Union Pacific (UP) operates its most eastern location in Memphis, connecting our city to the western United States. This network facilitates the movement of cotton, lumber, processed foods and more.
  • BNSF Railway (BNSF) expanded its Tennessee Yard to 1,000,000 container lifts per year from 250,000. The expansion includes parking for more than 6,000 trucks, an automated inventory tracking system, five loading cranes and more.
  • Norfolk Southern (NS) operates two yards and provides stacking capabilities, on load and off load services and access 7 days per week.
  • Canadian National Railroad (CN) completed a $100 million expansion to its Harrison Yard with a new capacity of 3,100 freight cars with 45 tracks which allows it to handle 35 or more freight trains per day.
  • CSX Corporation (CSX) shares an intermodal yard with CN and operates intermodal and automobile distribution terminals in Memphis.


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