North Carolina has the largest state maintained highway system in the nation, totaling over 78,000 miles. Locating in Gaston County gives your business the opportunity to provide same-day highway access to all Eastern US markets. Three of North Carolina’s five interstate highways 40, 85 and 77 run through, or are easily accessible from, Gaston County. Gaston County also has three major US highways and eight major state highways.
north carolina ports
North Carolina’s Intermodal Terminal Network provides better, less expensive, and more convenient inland transportation services for cargo shipment to and from the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, NC. The network consolidates import and export cargo to these ports from its two inland terminals, Charlotte and Greensboro, resulting in substantial cost savings. In addition, the Charleston, SC port is within a half days drive.
norfolk southern intermodal facility at charlotte airport
The new intermodal facility located at the Charlotte Airport is within a 30 minute drive of the majority of Gaston County. Located on 200 acres, the intermodal facility will build the freight hub in Charlotte along Norfolk Southern’s Crescent Corridor and provides daily service to ports along the east coast.
foreign trade zone saves customs duty
Charlotte’s Foreign Trade Zone is a site where foreign and domestic merchandise is generally considered by the US government as being outside the US Customs territory in international commerce. By utilizing the FTZ program, companies are able to defer, reduce or eliminate Customs duties on products admitted to the zone.
local railway revitalization
The Piedmont & Northern Railway (PNRW) operates over 13 miles of track running from Gastonia to Mount Holly, with a spur line towards Belmont. The PNRW interchanges with Class I carriers CSX Transportation at Mount Holly and Norfolk Southern Railway at Gastonia.
Iowa Pacific Holdings, a privately-held short line and freight railroad holding company announced in 2015 it will be responsible for operating, maintaining and marketing freight rail service on the PNRW.