150+ Million Customers within a day4 major international airports + 2 seaports#1 Largest Consolidated Rail System

“North Carolina was chosen for the location, for the utility and the transportation advantages, and the state contains an exceptional workforce. In addition, we can service our customer base quicker and provide more cost-effective transportation.”

- Gerardo Muraira, Operations Director, Nutec Group


North Carolina’s prime location on the eastern seaboard means that almost half of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive. Four international airports, two deep water seaports and a strong rail system further enhance our state’s supply chain advantages. If access is what you need, you can get anywhere from here.

Graphic showing proximity of locations to North Carolina

The world's 5th busiest airport is located in Charlotte

North Carolina is one plane change away from virtually any major city in the world.

Ten airports offer commercial services, including four international airports that provide easy access to global markets:

  • Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), world’s 5th-busiest airport
  • Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO), a premier air cargo center and home to the FedEx Mid-Atlantic Air Hub.
  • Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), 4th in passenger satisfaction among large North American Airports.
  • Wilmington International Airport (ILM), home to the ILM Business Park with easy access to highways, rail, and the Port of Wilmington

In addition, NC is home to 62 general aviation airports.

Two deep water seaports along Atlantic shipping lines

The North Carolina coast is home to two deep water seaports ports offering fast turn times with capacity to support more than 600,000 TEU and more than 4 million plus tons of general cargo annually.

Port of Morehead City

  • General cargo and bulk handling facilities
  • Channel depth of 45ft M.L.L.W
  • Direct access to I-40, I-74, I-95, U.S. 17 and U.S. 74
  • Serviced by Norfolk Southern

Port of Wilmington

  • Container and general operations
  • Channel depth of 42 ft M.L.L.W
  • Access to I-95 and I-40 via U.S. 70 and U.S. 17
  • Serviced by CSX

In addition, an inland port in Charlotte sits at the heart of the Southeast’s manufacturing and distribution sites.

Largest consolidated rail system in the country

North Carolina is home to two Class-1 rail carriers. These rail connections extend all the way to the coast, enabling the state ports in Morehead City and Wilmington to offer import and export services to a large market.

Highlights of our rail system include:

  • More than 3,200 miles (5,100 km) of track
  • Two Class 1 Carriers
  • CSX Transportation (CSX) and Norfolk Southern (NS)
  • Offer direct service to North American markets and to all major ports along the U.S. East Coast
Second-largest state-owned highway system

North Carolina has the second-largest state-owned highway system stretching more than 80,000 miles (129,000 km). What’s more, the state’s central East Coast location offers easy access to some of the country’s most important transportation corridors.

Major controlled-access arteries include:

  • I-95, the major East Coast interstate linking New England to Florida
  • I-85, running from North Carolina through the manufacturing heart of the Southeast
  • I-40, spanning the country coast-to-coast from North Carolina to California