Distribution and Global Logistics

Industry Overview

Virginia's companies provide services and manufactured goods to customers throughout the world. Our distribution base remains strong and continues to grow with companies like The Home Depot, Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware and Amazon.com all delivering goods from their Virginia-based distribution centers. Increasingly, leading retailers and distributors are taking advantage of Virginia's proximity to Eastern U.S. and Midwest markets. Millions of square feet of new warehousing space have been added at new distribution centers around the state.

Virginia's Distribution and Global Logistics Industry

  • Employs over 78,000 people, primarily in trucking, warehousing and transportation support
  • In the past 10 years, 355 global logistics industry projects have announced over 17,800 new jobs and capital investment of more than $2.3 billion
  • The global logistics industry has a direct economic output of $11.3 billion and supports an additional $9.4 billion in economic activity in Virginia
  • Virginia exports totaled over $18.1 billion in 2015 (not including services)
  • Centrally located on the East Coast, Virginia is within a one-day drive time of approximately 43 percent of the U.S. population and over 186,000 manufacturing establishments
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Key Companies

  • Abilene Motor Express
  • Air Serv Corporation
  • Amazon.com, Inc.
  • Americold Logistics, LLC
  • Ceres Marine Terminals, Inc.
  • CMA CGM America LLC
  • CSX Corp.
  • DSC Logistics
  • Estes Express Lines
  • FedEx Corporation
  • Givens Transportation Inc.

  • Interchange Group Inc.
  • J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
  • Maersk Line, Limited
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • QVC, Inc.
  • RPS Inc.
  • Swissport International Ltd.
  • Target Corporation
  • United Parcel Service
  • Virginia International Terminal
  • Wal-Mart Associates, Inc.

Assets/Virginia Advantages

  • With six major interstate highways, Virginia has the third largest state maintained transportation network in the country providing quick access to the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest.
  • Norfolk Southern and CSX offer comprehensive freight transportation service. These two rail lines provide direct, thorough coverage of states east of the Mississippi River and provide transfer opportunities in major Midwest cities.
  • Norfolk Southern’s expanded Heartland Corridor route will eliminate over 200 miles for Chicago-bound trains and will significantly reduce shipping time and costs.
  • The Port of Virginia is the third largest U.S. East Coast port, and due to natural harbor depth and Suez-class cranes, it is the only East Coast location capable of handling post-Panamax vessels (12,500+ TEU) as first and last port of call. The Port of Virginia has over 30 miles of on-dock rail and a channel depth of 50 feet and is the only East Coast port with Congressional authorization to dredge to 55 feet.
  • The Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal serves as an intermodal collection point for containers from West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Northern Virginia and elsewhere.
  • Virginia's transportation infrastructure offers great advantages to businesses. Goods and services can easily be provided to customers anywhere in the world.
  • Dulles is Virginia's largest airport and provides international and domestic services for passengers and cargo. The cargo sector offers great growth potential as Dulles continues to expand its facilities.


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