3PL warehouse companies in Maryland can handle the fulfillment logistics of your business so you can concentrate on growing your business. A quick internet search resulted in 17 companies in the Baltimore, Maryland area whose warehousing, consulting, distribution and delivery features would assist you in fulfillment services for your products. The Baltimore region is conducive to fulfillment services for reasons we outline below.
Bounded by Virginia and Washington, DC on the South and Pennsylvania in the North, Maryland is perfectly situated for companies wanting to store or distribute products to almost 40% of the US population living in major population centers in a broad area of the Northeast, South, and Midwest sections of the US.
Maryland’s largest city is Baltimore with a population greater than 621,000. Several 3PL warehouse companies call Greater Baltimore home.
Located on the northeast corridor’s major roadway, I-95, makes Baltimore a major hub for travel in all directions from the city.
Philadelphia is an easy 90 minute drive. Within a few hours, travelers can reach New York City in the North and Washington, DC to Atlanta, Georgia in the South.
I-70 and I-80 service points East and West of Baltimore where travelers can reach Columbus, Ohio in about 8 hours.
All this means that 3PL warehouse companies in Maryland have excellent transportation routes available for product warehousing, distribution and delivery.
Cargo rail service is available from Baltimore through the Norfolk Southern and CSX Transportation railways. Together, they furnish cargo service to most states east of the Mississippi. The western section of the US, Mexico and Canada enjoy connecting service.
Cargo moving through the Port of Baltimore by rail includes coal, ore, automobiles, machinery, pulp, and paper products. A newly designed heavy lift berth handles dimensional cargo directly from ship to rail.
The Port of Baltimore
The Port of Baltimore has a long history as a seaport, giving your business access to shipping out of the country as well as in the US. The State of Maryland’s Port Administration site says that its Intermodal/Trade Development Department “focuses on facilitating rail and truck movements on a national level.” The Department’s stated goal is to increase trade through the Port of Baltimore by providing logistical support for intermodal cargo. They did something right: In the past ten years, container shipping in and out of Baltimore increased from 5.3 million in 2005 to 6.6 million in 2014.
BWI Marshall Airport
Given its central location on the East Coast, BWI Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Maryland, enables air cargo distribution throughout the Northeast Coast, the Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest sections of the US. BWI is within 15 minutes of the Port of Baltimore and links to five major interstate highways. It also is within minutes of cargo rail service. These factors allow the airport to warehouse, transport, and distribute cargo at efficient rates.
The airport handles sensitive air cargo with 24-hour/day cold storage. The airport handles flowers, pharmaceuticals, produce and seafood in temperature controlled facilities immediately upon loading or until just before reloading for departure.
Designated a Foreign Trade Zone, BWI handles temporary foreign and domestic merchandise for warehousing, manipulation and re-exporting without the usual red tape and formal customs operations that accompany such cargo and without payment of duties and taxes.
Designated as port of entry for wildlife and wildlife products means an expert is on site to expedite clearances for live animals, fish, and game. The trade community enjoys speedy and efficient 24-hour shipping and receiving for foreign cargo.
To read about the growth of intermodal shipping on the Norfolk Southern Railroad, see Samuel Prince’s article from December 2015, entitled “Norfolk Southern: Intermodal Revenue’s Offset Its Coal Shortfall.”
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