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Montana, one of the largest states in the U.S., can be a little more expensive to ship freight into due to a high percentage of rural area and lack of manufacturing. The agriculture industry, like potatoes and cattle, keep the intra freight rates reasonable and predictable. Intermodal may not be the best option when shipping to or from Montana since there are numerous areas far from a close railway. The ease and cost of shipping into or out of Montana can be heavily based on proximity to major metro areas.
Outbound Alabama truckload rates in the summer are increased due to the high demand of trucks to ship agricultural products. Alabama's freight industry revolves around agriculture including poultry, cattle, plants, corn and industrial products such as steel and iron. Inbound Alabama truckload freight rates during the very hot summer are generally cheaper than any other time. Due to the nature of LTL freight pricing, seasonality doesn’t usually affect Alabama freight cost. LTL freight rates in Alabama are generally average to high when compared to other states, mostly due to lower volume and consumption. There is one major port in Alabama, useful for shipping freight internationally, the Port of Mobile. The ease and cost of shipping into or out of Alabama can be heavily based on proximity to major metro areas.