Access to Key North American Markets

Northwest Ohio’s strategic location within North America provides same-day access to the New York-Washington, DC, corridor on the East Coast; Midwest manufacturing powerhouses in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh; and Canada’s leading center of commerce, Toronto. Perhaps that is why there is more industrial space within 300 miles of Toledo than any other location in the United States. Whether by air, rail, road or water, Northwest Ohio’s location and transportation network provide unparalleled access to some of the most important cities on the continent, not to mention major international markets from Brazil to China to Germany and beyond.


Located within 45 miles of Detroit Metro Airport, businesses operating in Northwest Ohio have direct connections to all major U.S. markets and nine countries through this world-class facility. As a major hub of Delta Airlines, Detroit Metro offers flights to Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, London, Nagoya (Japan), Paris, Rome, Seoul, Sao Paolo, Shanghai and Tokyo.

We are also home to Toledo Express Airport, which includes an air cargo facility with immediate access to the Ohio Turnpike and Interstates 475 and 23. Home to regularly scheduled air cargo activity to and from Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and the Middle East, Express Airport functions as an inland port and an alternative to congested air cargo gateways. It also houses a 4,405 square-foot refrigerated warehouse located within a Foreign Trade Zone, which is available for perishable cargoes as well as general use.

[Map showing Detroit airport’s connections to Chicago, Toronto, New York, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and all international connections]


With several rail yards loading petroleum products, automotive parts, wind turbines, bulk and break-bulk cargo, completed automobiles and food products, Toledo has become one of the top five rail hubs in the nation. A major addition to the region’s transportation network is CSX’s new Northwest Ohio Terminal, the cornerstone of a double-stack freight rail corridor between East Coast sea ports and the Midwest called the National Gateway. The Northwest Ohio facility will serve as the transfer point for hundreds of thousands of freight containers annually and incorporates cutting-edge technologies and green design. It is expected to handle a throughput capacity of nearly two million containers per year.

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Toledo truly sits at the Crossroads of America, located at the intersection of the three busiest U.S. Interstates in the country:

  • I-75 (north/south from Michigan to Florida)
  • I-80 (east/west from New York to California)
  • I-90 (east/west from Boston to Seattle)

Canada’s Queen Elizabeth Highway 401 is just 65 miles from downtown Toledo, providing a straight path from Windsor, through Toronto, and onto Montreal—the most populated corridor in Canada.

[Map of Midwest showing major interstates]


Northwest Ohio is surrounded by the Great Lakes, which form the largest group of freshwater lakes on earth and an essential North American trade route. The Port of Toledo is the largest land-mass port along the Great Lakes with more than 320 acres and 675,000 square feet of warehousing. It is also the most modern of the Midwest region’s facilities due to several recent equipment acquisitions—two new Liebherr Mobile Harbor Cranes, the only twin cranes of this type at any U.S. port in the Great Lakes, and a new Mantsinen RB 200 material handler, the largest in North America. Port operator Midwest Terminals has also made a number of additional improvements to existing infrastructure in recent years, including the installation of 5,000 feet in new rail and the replacement of 12,000 more, and roadway enhancements that have opened up an additional 15 acres of land inside the terminal. Both CSX and Norfolk Southern provide rail access to port facilities.

[Map of Midwest showing major waterways]

General Facts

Mileage Chart - How Far Is Toledo From Europe? Northwest Ohio: Perfectly Positioned for North American Access

Northwest Ohio is home to the following world-class transportation assets:

  • Detroit Metro Airport: One of the nation’s busiest international airports with access to eight different countries.
  • North Baltimore Terminal (CSX): The major transfer point in CSX’s National Gateway system connecting the East Coast and the Midwest.
  • Interstate Crossroads: The three busiest U.S. Interstates pass through the region.
  • Port of Toledo: The largest land-mass seaport around the Great Lakes.