Ohio is recognized worldwide as a business location with advantageous access to Midwest, Central Canadian and Mid-Atlantic markets, and with its sophisticated transportation infrastructure represents a strong global platform to route goods and services anywhere in the world.
Ohio is within 600 miles – or one day’s drive – of 63% of U.S. manufacturing facilities, 80% of U.S. corporate headquarters and 50% of Canada’s population. Ohio has not relied on geography alone to drive business location and expansion, but invested in world-class systems creating synergy between transportation, data and domestic and international export. It's no wonder Ohio is the only state in which exports have increased each year since 1998.
Northeast Ohio (1) - Cleveland/Akron
Ohio's transportation infrastructure allows you to cost effectively deliver products and services anywhere at any time.
Crossed by eight major interstate highways, Ohio has easy southbound access through the Mid-Atlantic states to the Southeast. Ohio's east-west corridors traverse the country from coast to coast and into the Rockies. Interstate access also provides major benefits to in-state commerce with easy travel possible from any market in the state to another.
Ohio offers access to five international airports:
Ohio also hosts major regional airports in Toledo (Toledo Express Airport), Akron/Canton (Akron-Canton Airport) and Youngstown (Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport).
Three air cargo hubs are also a critical component of Ohio's air transport network. Located at Rickenbacker (Columbus), Toledo Express and Wilmington, Ohio, these intermodal transport opportunities provide seamless air-to-rail, air-to-highway and air-to-water connectivity.
Ohio's 180-public airport system provides a sure air transport solution to every region in the state.
Ohio has the fourth-highest rail freight traffic in the county. Thirty-six freight railroads, covering 5,800 miles of track, cover the state. CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern and Wheeling & Lake Erie all run rail operations through Ohio, along with smaller operators. Rail spurs connecting truck, air and water traffic maximize the benefit this system provides to the state.
Nine ports on Lake Erie and 16 terminals along the Ohio River rank Ohio as the fourth-largest maritime state by tonnage moved. Because Ohio Port Authorities frequently offer both water and air transport, Ohio's maritime system proves a critical advantage in state product transport.
Lower your company's cost of doing business. Ohio's Foreign Trade Zone Program can help.
Ohio has 10 designated Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) strategically located around the state that help companies reduce operating costs while increasing profits. Within each FTZ, special customs procedures may be utilized that allow domestic value-added activity of foreign origin merchandise prior to formal customs entry.
Duty-free treatment is available to items that are re-exported, and duty payment is deferred on items sold in the U.S. market - thus offsetting customs advantages available to overseas producers who compete with producers located in the U.S.
Foreign origin items may be assembled/manufactured in a FTZ and achieve a lower duty rate, or duty-free status, for finished goods that exit the FTZ for sale in the U.S.
Ohio's Foreign Trade Zones can provide:
- Improved cash flow
- Scrap/waste savings
- Reduced/eliminated taxes
- Production machinery duty savings
- Duty reduction, elimination and tax deferral
- Quota management
- Inventory costs, broker fee and insurance savings
- Inventory control and security measures
- Logistical and exhibition advantages
- Zone-to-zone transfers
- Direct delivery (without customs clearance)
- Weekly entry
Ohio Economic, Transportation and Population Maps
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