The Lake Erie Port of Toledo, Ohio is a multi-modal transportation hub with heavy waterborne, rail and highway activity. The seaport, rail station, two airports and Foreign Trade Zone 8 are managed by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, which also plays a major role in economic development and innovative financings for northwest Ohio.
The Port of Toledo is located at a national crossroads of four railroads (NS, CSX, CN, Wheeling & Lake Erie) and two transcontinental highways (I-75 and the Ohio Turnpike I-80/90). Forty-three percent of the U.S. industrial market and forty-seven percent of the Canadian market are located within a one day drive (500 mile radius) of Toledo.
The Port of Toledo is well positioned as an inland distribution point for North American commerce and is home to 15 terminals linked to global markets through the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway System. The Port of Toledo handles over 12 million tons of cargo and 700 vessel calls each year, and The Toledo Shipyard is home to one of the only U.S. full service shipyards with graving docks on the lower lakes. Recent property acquisitions have more than doubled the size of the seaport - making it the largest land mass seaport on the Great Lakes.
Nationally recognized transportation and logistic providers are recognizing the Port of Toledo region for investment. CSX is constructing a major intermodal hub - the largest and most efficient inland intermodal facility in the United States - 40 miles south of the Port of Toledo as part of the National Gateway. Also, the Norfolk Southern intermodal yard located in Toledo was recently awarded $13 million to increase capacity and better serve the region. These developments, coupled with the Port of Toledo’s close proximity to the Canadian border – just 60 miles – are fueling synergies for transportation growth and short seas shipping initiatives.
The Port of Toledo has handled some of the largest project cargoes on the Great Lakes. While dry-bulk commodities encompass major tonnage throughputs, our cargo handling capabilities can accommodate a diverse number of products to include wind towers, steel products, lumber, super sacks, break bulk cargo and containerized goods. The Port of Toledo was the eighth foreign trade zone established in the United States and is home to a robust London Metal Exchange handling and storage facility.
The Port of Toledo has benefited from over $35 million in state and federal grants and private investment by Midwest Terminals of Toledo to acquire modern material handling equipment, reduce congestion, improve infrastructure, gain capacity and decrease emissions. The acquisition of two new mobile harbor cranes and a material handler enables vessels, barges, trains and trucks to be loaded and unloaded much faster than before in the Port of Toledo. Working in tandem on a short sea vessel or barge, the mobile harbor cranes make throughput competitive with that of coastal ports for container and bulk handling. These improvements position the Port of Toledo as one of the most efficient product handling ports on the Great Lakes.