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: