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Charlotte, NC 28202

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Air | Rail | Port | Foreign Trade Zone #57

Infrastructure Network

Charlotte USA features an extensive, reliable and convenient infrastructure network that includes the nation's 6th busiest international airport (CLT), an inland port with Foreign Trade Zone status (#57), an intermodal facility at CLT that doubled capacity, the intersections of three interstates - I-77, I-85 and I-40 - and a newly constructed high-speed rail line (LYNX) connecting suburban commuters with Charlotte's central business district.   Additional light rail lines are planned to connect Charlotte's downtown to the growing University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus.

More than 100 distribution centers call Charlotte USA home, taking advantage of this logistics hub that has emerged over the past 20 years. 


  • Intersection of three interstates – I-77, I-85, I-40 – provide direct access to all points north, south and west
  • More than 300 trucking firms in the Charlotte region to ensure highway transportation always available
  • $325 million construction project underway to move current intermodal facility to Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte USA Highway Map

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Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) 

American Airlines' 2nd busiest hub, ensuring that even if flights are missed, additional flight options are available  Lufthansa offers daily nonstop service to Munich. From Munich, travelers are only one stop from almost any destination in the world.    
  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), the nation’s sixth-busiest airport, with 715 (April 2015) daily nonstop flights and more than 159 nonstop destinations
  • 15-minute drive from central business district to CLT
  • Daily nonstop service to domestic and international destinations including Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Munich, Toronto, and Mexico City
  • On-site air cargo facilities operated by UPS, FedEx, Emory Worldwide and DHL
  • Business valet parking service provides VIP treatment for business travelers

General Aviation

  • Seventeen general aviation airports that range in capacity from 20-150+ aircraft per day
  • Every county in Charlotte USA includes at least one municipal airport
  • Five regional airports serve more than 100+ aircraft per day
    • Concord Regional Airport in Cabarrus County
    • Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport in Union County
    • Gastonia Municipal Airport in Gaston County
    • Hickory Regional Airport in Catawba County
    • Bryant Field Airpark in York County

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  • Extensive rail network; 600 trains run through the region weekly
  • Status as inland port
  • Links to 22 states in the eastern U.S.
  • Access to Foreign Trade Zone #57
  • CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway are primary service providers
  • Daily express services inbound and outbound
  • Double stack trains
  • Exceptionally high and wide clearances
  • Lancaster and Chester Railroad (L&C), a locally owned short line with reliable connections to CSX and Norfolk Southern;  this privately-owned short line is based in Lancaster, S.C.
  • The Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway (ACWR), the largest privately owned shortline in North Carolina with two connections to CSX and three connections to Norfolk Southern
  • Support services for logistics industry include brokers, freight consolidators, custom house brokers, logistics consulting and off-line railroad sales offices.

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Port of Charleston, the busiest container port along the Southeast and Gulf coasts, located nearly 210 miles from Charlotte, N.C.

  • Ranks fourth nationally in volume
  • Access to 13 of the top 15 carriers in the U.S. container trade
  • Intermodal access via rail and highways to the Charlotte region

Port of Savannah is located 250 miles from Charlotte, N.C.

  • Features largest single-terminal complex with the longest contiguous dock on the east coast
  • Terminal offers 7,600+ linear feet of docking space at even berths
  • Rail access to Charlotte region via Norfolk Southern and CSX

Port of Wilmington  is located nearly 200 miles from Charlotte, N.C.

  • Full-service deep water port and marine terminal
  • Rail access to Charlotte region via Norfolk Southern and CSX
  • Deck height averages 12 ft. above mean low water
  • Facility can outload over 800 tons per hour with a 70,000 ton storage capacity

Port of Morehead City is located approximately 315 miles from Charlotte, N.C.

  • Ranks second in U.S. for rubber imports, second to New Orleans
  • Direct highway access via I-95, I-40, US Hwy 17
  • Rail access to Charlotte region via Norfolk Southern

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Foreign Trade Zone #57

The Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program is a catalyst for companies involved with international trade to improve their competitiveness and profitability. By utilizing the FTZ program, companies are able to defer, reduce or eliminate Customs duties on products admitted to the zone.

Like all Foreign Trade Zones across the nation, FTZ #57 in the Charlotte region is a secure area located in or near a Customs Port of Entry – in this case, at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Goods at FTZ #57 are considered to be part of international commerce and are legally outside of U.S. Customs territory. By utilizing this zone for trade, companies benefit from a variety of financial advantages:

  • Duty deferral
  • Duties are paid only when goods enter U.S. Customs territory.
  • Duty elimination
  • Goods may be exported duty-free from the zone.
  • Goods may be destroyed duty-free in the zone.
  • Reduction of tariffs
  • Importers may choose to pay duties on raw materials entered into the zone, or to pay duties on the finished products as they are entered into U.S. commerce.

The Charlotte Regional Partnership is the official administrator for Foreign Trade Zone #57.  For more information, please contact Laura Foor at or (704) 347-6580.

FTZ Brochure

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