In Columbia, you’re within 24 hours of two-thirds of the U.S. market. Our central location is served by an interstate network that includes I-20, I-26, I-77 and I-95.

We’re also less than 2 hours from one of the country’s most active deepwater ports, can provide outstanding air cargo service at Columbia Metropolitan Airport and have rail service from both CSX and Norfolk Southern.

Amazon operates a 1-million square foot distribution hub in the Columbia Metro area with plans to relocate more operations to the site.

UPS bases its southeast regional air hub at Columbia Metropolitan Airport covering 9 states.

Sysco, the global leader in food distribution, operates its only South Carolina distribution center out of Columba.

Sentinel Transport, a veteran-owned company, provides non-emergency medical transportation.

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, North America’s largest beverage alcohol distributor, manages South Carolina teams from its main office near I-77.

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Top 5

U.S. Cities for connectivity


largest labor force in S.C.


inventory tax


of U.S. market within 24 hour drive

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I-20 accessible within the city
(runs Florence, SC to Kent, TX)

I-26 located within the city
(runs Charleston, SC to Kingsport, TN)

I-77 accessible within the city
(runs Columbia, SC to Cleveland, OH)

I-95 accessible 80 miles E
(runs Houlton, ME to Miami, FL)


Columbia Metropolitan Airport

  • Accessible in as little as a 15-minute drive
  • Main commercial airport for the Central SC region
    and Midlands of South Carolina
  • Sole Southeast Regional UPS air hub and
    features Foreign Trade Zone 127

Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

  • Accessible in less than a 90-minute drive
  • Located in Charlotte, NC just over the SC border
  • Closest international airport with flights to 159 destinations

Jim Hamilton–L.B. Owens Airport

  • Within City of Columbia and Richland County
  • Covers an area of 182 acres
  • Perfect for small planes and private aircrafts


Port of Charleston

  • Accessible in under a 2-hour drive
  • Deepest port in the Southeast and fastest-growing in the US

Port of Georgetown

  • Accessible in as little as a 2.5-hour drive
  • Located along the upper portion of South Carolina’s coast in Georgetown
  • Provides nearly 28 acres of open storage and over 100,000 SF of warehouse space designated for Foreign Trade Zones

Foreign Trade Zones 127 and 21

FTZ 127 is located within the region at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)
FTZ 21 covers the Port of Charleston
South Carolina ranks second in the nation for exports from FTZs


Norfolk Southern

  • Rail yard and rail-to-truck trans load terminal located in Columbia
  • 762 miles of track statewide
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port of Charleston


  • Automotive distribution center available in West Columbia
  • 325 miles of track within the Central SC region
  • Intermodal facility located at the Port of Charleston

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  • Site visits
  • Finding available buildings and land
  • Negotiating incentive packages
  • Logistics and transportation expertise
  • Working with service providers and government offices
  • Connecting to the talented, skilled workforce you need

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