The transportation facilities and services available to Minnesota exporters to export to Pacific area
countries were identified. This included the modes of transportation, individual carriers, third parties,
and ocean ports and airports available to Minnesota shippers. The service provided was evaluated as
were its accessibility to Minnesota exporters and the ability of the system to handle a substantial
increase in exports from Minnesota. Included were international water and air transportation and
domestic railroad, motor truck, and intermodal railroad-truck transportation.
The conclusions drawn were that (1) the transportation service from Minnesota to the Pacific area is
sufficient in quantity and quality in all modes, with some problems with lack of enough air freight
service at Minneapolis-St. Paul; (2) the transportation service is satisfactory in terms of cost for water
and motor truck service, with less satisfaction with the cost of the other modes; (3) the
transportation service is generally accessible to Minnesota exporters; and (4) the transportation
system for the most part should be able to handle a major increase in the quantity of exports to the
Pacific region from Minnesota, the possible exception is air freight transportation in terms of both
carrier capacity and airport capacity.
Harper, Donald V..
Transportation facilities and services available to Minnesota exporters to serve Pacific area markets.
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