Transportation & Infrastructure

Transportation & Infrastructure

Delaware is part of the nation’s seventh-largest metropolitan area

Being a small state doesn’t mean we have small offerings in infrastructure. In fact, thanks to Delaware’s Mid-Atlantic location surrounded by three U.S. states and the seacoast, we offer more transportation options than many of our neighbors. Our dedication to affordable energy and utilities also ensures that Delaware companies can successfully build their business every day.

A Regional Aviation Hub

In Delaware, you aren’t limited to using just one airport

Thanks to Delaware’s strategic position at the center of business in the Northeast United States, our residents and employers aren’t limited to only one airport for business and personal use. In fact, Delaware commercial airline passengers are within proximity to several airports, including:

With major renovations completed in 2017, Wilmington Airport (ILG) and Delaware Airpark also serve the state, allowing business-class aircraft to operate seamlessly from Delaware.

A User-Friendly Road & Rail Network

Wilmington is only 32.2 miles from Philadelphia by car

Covering just 1,982 square miles in total, Delaware has an effective network of highways and primary and secondary roads to make transport simple, including major thoroughfares:

  • Interstates 95, 295 and 495
  • U.S. Highways 13, 113, 301, 202 and 9

Delaware also offers freight and commercial rail service to reach 50 million people with 250 miles, including:

  • Norfolk Southern
  • CSX Corporation
  • Amtrak
  • DelDOT/SEPTA Wilmington–Philadelphia

Welcoming Deep-Water Port Operations

"Your Port of Personal Service"

The Port of Wilmington is a full service, strategically located Mid-Atlantic deep-water port at the confluence of the Christina and Delaware rivers, serving more than 200 million North American consumers. Located just 63 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, it is North America’s leading fresh fruit port, with the largest dock-side refrigerated complex on the continent.

In 2018, Emirati port operator Gulftainer entered into an agreement with the State of Delaware to privately operate the Port of Wilmington under a 50-year lease. Gulftainer will invest approximately $600 million to quintuple the port’s capacity, including construction of a new container-handling terminal. With the goal of a 75 percent increase in traffic for noncontainerized goods like liquids and automobiles, Gulftainer intends to establish Wilmington as the largest logistics facility on the Delaware River.

America’s No. 1 State for Fastest Internet

With electric rates up to 20% lower than other Mid-Atlantic states

As the only state in the nation that surpasses the FCC’s 25 Mbps broadband threshold, Delaware offers businesses a robust connectivity network unparalleled by other U.S. states. In fact, 95 percent of our state has GT 4Mbps access and we’re one of only a few U.S. states to invest in a Carrier Hotel concept offering more than 200 miles of dark fiber and connections with nine dark fiber providers.

With one of the nation’s lowest total energy consumptions, Delaware is also a committed to providing highly-effective and sustainable energy resources to our businesses. In fact, solar energy and biomass are the primary renewable energy resources used to generate electric in the First State.

Where FDI Comes First

The first state to allow FTZs with Alternative Site Framework

Foreign Trade Zones are sites that are outside U.S. Customs territory. Delaware provides companies with the option of becoming a Foreign Trade Zone with Alternative Site Framework, which allows individual businesses throughout the state to import, export, assemble, warehouse and distribute products using imported materials and reduce or eliminate customs duties and federal excise taxes.

Any company in the state can apply to be a Foreign Trade Subzone and obtain these benefits:

  • Duty Exemption
  • Duty Deferral
  • Inverted Tariff
  • Logistical Benefits