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.
Los Angeles, CA freight rates More than 100,000 metric tons of international goods are transported annually through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handle over 40 percent of all inbound containers for the entire United States. Shippers can efficiently move freight to and from the ports using the Alameda Corridor, a 20-mile-long rail cargo expressway linking the ports to the transcontinental rail network near downtown Los Angeles. In addition, an excellent freeway and highway system allows multimodal transport and efficient origination for cross-country delivery. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is another component of the region’s international trade. LAX handles high-value products, such as medical instruments, electronics and perishables and processes about 2 million tons of cargo annually. The airport is served by 43 international carriers and all major air freight lines.