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.
Indianapolis, IN freight rates Home of the famed Indianapolis 500 auto race, the Indianapolis metro area can speedily handle a variety of freight shipping needs. Its convenient location and amenities also mean lower freight hauling costs in and out of the region. Truck haulers can use one of six interstate highways (I-65, I-70, I-74, I-69, I-465, I-865) and can keep costs down by avoiding toll roads in the region. From the city, trucks can reach 75 percent of U.S. and Canadian populations within 36 hours. In addition, Indianapolis is the second largest FedEx hub in the world and ranks No. 9 in the nation in total rail miles, moving nearly 290 million rail tons of freight in 2013. These advantages provide quicker fulfillment, better customer satisfaction and lower costs.