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Atlanta, GA freight rates A major transportation hub in the southeast U.S., Atlanta’s mild winter weather and abundant infrastructure makes shipping into the metro area an inexpensive endeavor year-round. Outbound freight can be a different story, especially during the summer months. That’s because the state of Georgia is a major agricultural producer, and most of those goods leave the state. That means capacity for outbound shipping, whether by road, rail, or air, is scarce and therefore expensive during summer. Atlanta is served by the world’s most traveled airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International, which provides access to 22 all-cargo air carriers. The city is also served by two class I railroads and over 20 short-line companies, and is intersected by three major highways (I-75, I-85, I-20). More than 80 percent of U.S. residents are located within a two-hour flight or two-day truck trip of Atlanta. For international shipping via cargo ship, Atlanta is located 250 miles from the Port of Savannah, the fourth largest container port in the nation.

Cleveland, OH freight rates Cleveland offers direct-to-Europe express shipping service, cost-effective facilities and a prime location on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway system, a low-cost marine super-highway and the world’s longest deep-draft navigation system. The Port of Cleveland is the closest major U.S. port of call on the Great Lakes for ships transiting the seaway system, which extends 2,300 miles and borders eight states and two Canadian provinces. Rail service is offered by two Class I railroads and truck carriers have immediate access to I-90 and two state routes with convenient access to I-77 and I-71. With only seven air cargo companies serving the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the region offers less choice for air freight than other metropolitan areas. As a major manufacturing region, the majority of inbound freight consists of raw materials such as iron ore, limestone and steel, as well as heavy machinery and equipment, wind-energy components and other over-sized project cargo. Outbound cargo mostly consists of finished machinery and steel products.