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.
New York, NY freight rates It’s the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and one of the most populated in the world, it is an international and domestic hub for commerce and it’s located in the midst of the most densely populated section of the country. That means there’s no shortage of shipping options for companies transporting cargo in and out of New York City. The Port of New York and New Jersey operates two terminals within New York, one in Brooklyn and the other in Staten Island. In addition to airports in neighboring states, there are three major facilities operating in New York City that offer cargo services. John F. Kennedy International is the region’s busiest and biggest air cargo facility and accommodates long-haul direct and nonstop international traffic. It is home to 1,000 cargo companies and the entire air cargo area at the airport is designated a Foreign Trade Zone. Stewart International Airport, the most recent addition to the Port Authority’s airport system, is a fully-equipped, 24/7 facility capable of handling the world’s largest aircraft. Located at the intersection of Interstates 87 and 84, Stewart is perfectly situated for efficient distribution of air cargo to and from areas in the northeast, mid-Atlantic region, and the Midwest. It is also home to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s New York Animal Import Center, which provides mandatory import quarantine services for animals entering the U.S. LaGuardia Airport specializes in short- and medium-haul cargo service. There are also a number of freight rail carriers, rail yards and trucking companies in the vicinity.