Detroit is ideally situated to provide easy access to strategic transportation, making it easy to move people and products internationally. Its high-capacity infrastructure and close proximity to Canada are competitive edges for companies seeking to expand or sustain their operations.
From Detroit, companies can access four Class I railroads and a completely toll-free highway system that connects to an interstate system. Detroit’s Metropolitan Port Complex is the third-largest customs port in the United States, behind only New York and Los Angeles, according to the Brookings Institution. Across Michigan, 40 commercial ports are in use, including 38 deepwater ports.
The Detroit Metro Airport, ranked No. 1 in customer satisfaction in the U.S. by J.D. Power, services 105 direct domestic destinations and 18 direct international destinations. Approximately 33 million passengers utilize the Detroit Metro Airport each year, including almost 3 million international passengers.
The largest city on the U.S. and Canadian border, Detroit’s international crossings include the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel, the Ambassador Bridge and the proposed Gordie Howe Bridge. The Gordie Howe International Bridge will be constructed across the Detroit River, and it will connect Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. The route will provide uninterrupted traffic flow between the two countries. The bridge is expected to be completed by 2020.