Iredell County is 5 hours from three ports: Port of Charleston, Port of Wilmington, and Port of Morehead City. The Port of Charleston is the busiest container port along the Southeast and Gulf coasts, located nearly 210 miles from Charlotte, N.C.

  • Ranks fourth nationally in volume
  • Access to 13 of the top 15 carriers in the U.S. container trade
  • Intermodal access via rail and highways to the Charlotte region


The Port of Wilmington is located nearly 200 miles from Charlotte, N.C.

  • Full-service deep-water port and marine terminal
  • Rail access to Charlotte region via Norfolk Southern and CSX
  • Deck height averages 12 ft. above mean low water
  • Facility can out load over 800 tons per hour with a 70,000ton storage capacity


The Port of Morehead City is located approximately 315 miles from Charlotte, N.C.

  • Ranks second in U.S. for rubber imports, second to New Orleans
  • Direct highway access via I-95, I-40, US Hwy 17
  • Rail access to Charlotte region via Norfolk Southern



Norfolk Southern Rail and the Alexander Railroad serve Iredell County. Norfolk Southern provides freight rail service linking Statesville and Mooresville to other regional markets.

The Alexander Railroad short-line system connects the industrial corridor between Taylorsville and Statesville to Norfolk-Southern Railway.  The 18 miles of short line currently serves customers in the grain, pulpboard, plastics, lumber products, and scrap paper industries.