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.
San Diego, CA freight rates The Port of San Diego offers two maritime cargo terminals, and the community is working to increase capacity to balance export cargo with its abundant import freight. The port specializes in break-bulk and roll-on/roll-off cargoes. Its National City Marine Terminal handles the import and export of vehicles and heavy equipment, with a 140-acre on-dock facility that’s able to hold 120 railcars for automobile loading and unloading. The port’s terminals also handle windmill generator components from Japan and windmill products from Europe and South America, as well as fruit and dry goods. The San Diego County Regional Airport recently added direct service to London and Tokyo to increase cargo shipping opportunities to those markets. One service the region is lacking is rail. San Diego is served by stub-end service from one Class I carrier, and a short line connection to a Mexican carrier. Though new outlets are being investigated, the current Class I service is limited for freight because of the abundance of passenger trains using the local infrastructure.