Logistics and Transportation
DeSoto County is an ideal transportation and logistics center, located within 500 miles of 70% of the nation’s population.
While there are no major ports located within DeSoto County, the Port of Memphis is located 15 miles away in neighboring Tennessee. The Port of Memphis is the fourth-largest inland port in the United States, and ranks number one in the nation in foreign import tonnage. More than 30 international freight forwarders operate in Memphis.
DeSoto County is home to three interstate highways – I-55, I-69, and I-22. Interstate 55 provides a four-lane north/south corridor and will be upgraded soon to eight and ten lanes for DeSoto County from Stateline Road in Southaven to Hernando. Those in the eastern portion of the county have easy access to U. S. Highway 78, designated Interstate 22, and the western portion to U. S. Highway 61, both built as four-lane corridors. U. S. Highway 51 also provides a north/south connection. Mississippi State Highways 301, 302, 304, and 305 also provide for smooth transportation. Highway 304 has been named as a portion of Interstate 69. For more information on highways, visit the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
DeSoto County is home to 195 truck terminals, and several companies have hubs located in the area. DeSoto County is also the only county in Mississippi in the tariff saving Commercial Freight Zone.
BNSF Railway and Grenada Railway (formerly CN) serve as the county’s rail lines. All six Class I rail systems serve Memphis, Tennessee, and all have intermodal yards in Memphis or West Memphis, Arkansas. An Intermodal SuperTerminal will be located on 1000 acres in Southwest Memphis near DeSoto County and will consolidate five Class I rail yards.
The Metro Park Airport located in Olive Branch is the second-busiest airport in the State of Mississippi. The airport has a 6000-foot paved and lighted runway, offers charter service, and new air traffic control tower.
The Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tennessee, is six miles from DeSoto County and has nine major airlines, three commuter airlines, and more than 300 daily passenger flights. Daily direct flights to Amsterdam are available on KLM. Memphis is also the number one cargo hub in the world-it is home to the FedEx Super Hub, a major UPS hub, and an RPS sort facility. Drop off shipments can be made to FedEx as late as 11:00 p. m. for next-day delivery.