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Logistics infrastructure exist at the national and company levels. The national logistics infrastructure consists of a nation's air, motor, rail, and shipping systems. This infrastructure consists of miles of improved highways, miles of railroad tracks, miles of navigable waterways, operating ports complete with adequate loading and unloading equipment, miles of gas and oil pipeline, and commercial airports in operation. The real importance of a well-established national logistics infrastructure is that it allows both people and materials to travel from point to point at relatively low cost. It enables farmers to readily get their crops to market; lumber, minerals, and other raw materials to be easily transported for processing or refining; components and parts to be shipped to manufacturers, and manufactured goods to be shipped at reasonable cost to the market. In today's global marketplace, it is important to have adequate ...