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Textiles make South Carolina freight rates a bit trendier than other states. The Mid-Atlantic states in general are a bit harder to find truckload capacity, which can negatively affect truckload freight rates. The lumber industry can make freight shipping outbound South Carolina much more expensive during the fall than any other time. LTL freight rates can be more expensive in the rural areas of South Carolina and slightly above average in the more populated areas due to the factors listed above. The ease and cost of shipping into or out of South Carolina can be heavily based on proximity to major metro areas.
Shipping freight in and out of Tennessee is mostly impacted by the lumber market. During the fall, lumber and Christmas trees in the area tend to raise freight rates. In Tennessee, there is a lot of intermodal freight activity, so shipping freight by rail out of Tennessee may be the cheapest option. The ease and cost of shipping into or out of Tennessee can be heavily based on proximity to major metro areas.