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.
Dallas, TX freight rates Whether shipping freight domestically or internationally, you can move cargo relatively quickly in and out of the Dallas region. Nearly all of the country’s population can be reached from Dallas by rail in 48 hours or less, and more than a third can be reached by truck. The region boasts three major rail lines and four rail intermodal facilities. A major interstate hub, Dallas has five interstate highways passing through (I-20, I-30, I-35, I-635, I-45). By plane, all major U.S. business centers are accessible within 3.5 hours. The Dallas-Fort Worth Airport provides non-stop access to 147 U.S. and 55 international cities, and handled 700,000 tons of cargo in 2014. Dallas is a major distribution hub for trade with Mexico, and is a regional Port of Entry to clear customs. The region has also invested heavily in the International Inland Port of Dallas, which will serve as a prominent inland port with enhanced security to facilitate the customs process and expanded Foreign Trade Zone when completed.