Complete air services are available through Detroit. Services include direct international cargo and passenger flights, extensive domestic service, charters and U.S. Customs services. Shippers can export and import worldwide through Detroit. Air service is available through:
-• Detroit Metropolitan/Wayne County Airport
•- Oakland County International Airport
•- Willow Run Airport
Service through Detroit avoids costly delays and lost cargo problems of other freight centers.

The complex requirements of companies importing and exporting through Detroit are met by nearly 100 firms that specialize in serving those needs.
• - Foreign freight forwarders act as agents for exporters and are licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission
• - Customhouse brokers, licensed b the U.S. Treasury Department, enter and clear goods through U.S. Customs
• - International Air Freight Forwarders handle air cargo and are licensed by the international Air Transportation Association
• - Foreign trade zones provide duty-free storage and value-added services on goods with immediate release capability
• - Export packaging and crating firms provide expert service for truck, air or ocean transportation
• - Inventory and sequencing systems
All these services are expertly provided in Detroit by companies accustomed to the demands of industry and just-in-time distribution.

Detroit is directly linked by water to all world markets through the international port located on the Detroit and Rouge Rivers, 618 miles from the entrance to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. The Port of Detroit handles more than 20 million tons of cargo annually, and ranks at the third largest steel handling port in the U.S.

• - 10 berths on the Detroit and Rouge rivers provide ocean access through the St. Lawrence Seaway
• - Completely equipped to handle all types of cargo from bulk to container, heavy-lift to roll on/ roll off
• - Fully secured, guarded terminal facilities with covered and heated storage available
• - Complete intercontinental rail service
• - Ship repair, chandlering, bunkering and tug and barge services available
• - International reputation for high productivity and damage-free cargo handling
• - On-site U.S. Customs services
• - Tug Assistance

• - Direct, regular service to Northern Europe and Russia
• - Charter Service throughout the world through 16 shipping lines
• - Excellent intermodal connections with interstate highways and rail lines to U.S. Midwest and Ontario, Canada
• - Commended handling of high value cargo
• - London Metal Exchange approved port facilities

Detroit is served by all major rail lines which link Detroit to major markets in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Port facilities are linked to all of the rail lines.

Within 500 miles (800 km) of Detroit is:
• - 46% of the U.S. population
• - 46% of U.S. personal income
• - 44% of Canada’s population
• - 45% of Canadian personal income
Detroit provides personalized, just-in-time service without the congestion and lost cargo problems of other distribution centers

Our History

In 1701, Detroit was founded by Antoine de La MoThe Cadillac when he planted the flag of France at the foot of what is now Griswold Street. Detroit's geographic location between the upper and lower Great Lakes provided reliable access to several key forest, soil and mining materials. In 1749, concerted efforts were begun to strengthen the French hold on the Ohio territory....

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