DeSoto County is an ideal transportation and logistics center, located within 500 miles of 70% of the nation’s population.

According to, Memphis is ranked second in a study of cities with the least amount of time spent commuting.

The International Port of Memphis is located 15 miles away from DeSoto County, and is the second largest inland port on the shallow draft portion of the Mississippi River and the fifth largest inland port in the United States.* 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. The Port is key to feeding product* to more than 30 international freight forwarders that operate in the Memphis-MSA.

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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.

The International Port of Memphis is key to feeding product to Memphis’ large rail network. In fact, Memphis is the third largest rail center in the United States behind Chicago and St. Louis, and home to nine fully operational rail yards with a total current container capacity of more than two million annual lifts.*

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.

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The Olive Branch Airport, located in DeSoto County, 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.  Olive Branch AirNavOlive Branch GlobalAir

The Memphis International Airport in Memphis, Tennessee, is six miles from DeSoto County and has nine major airlines, three commuter airlines, and is recognized as one of the world’s busiest air cargo airports. Due to its popularity among passengers (140,000 each month on average) and logistics professionals alike, the airport has an estimated annual economic impact of $23.3 billion and affects 25% of the city’s jobs, according to the University of Memphis.* With its headquarters in Memphis, FedEx represents roughly 98% of the airport’s total cargo and handles more than 180,000 packages every hour at its World Hub, and RPS sort facility located at the airport.

Proximity to the FedEx Hub is key for e-commerce distribution and will continue to draw occupiers to the region for the foreseeable future. Drop off shipments can be made to FedEx as late as 11:00 p.m. for next-day delivery.

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