Alabama to Michigan Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Birmingham to Detroit is a very heavily traveled route for freight transportation.
The Birmingham to Detroit shipping lane is a 727 mile haul that takes more than 11 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Alabama to Michigan ranges from a minimum of 631 miles and 10 hours from Huntsville, AL to Ann Arbor, MI to over 1,208 miles and a minimum of 18 hours on the road from Mobile, AL to Cheboygan, MI. The shortest route from Alabama to Michigan is along I-85 N through Atlanta, GA; however, there’s also a more northern route that uses I-81 N passing through Lexington, Virginia.
From the Gulf of Mexico to the Appalachian Mountains and from forests to factory farms, Alabama’s landscape is as diverse as its population. Because it is a southern state, ice and snow are seldom concerns in Alabama shipping. However, the summers can be dangerously hot and the storms can be extreme. Thunderstorms and tropical storms are common, especially in the southern part of the state, and hurricanes and tornados can also be hazards in Alabama freight shipping. The southern end of the Appalachian Mountain chain can be found in the northeastern part of Alabama and can pose shipping challenges, as well.
Michigan, the Great Lakes State, is made up of two peninsulas surrounded by the world’s largest freshwater lakes. Southeast Michigan, the most densely populated part of the state, is home to the Detroit Metro Area and the American automotive industry. Further north, there’s lumber, mining and furniture manufacturing. Michigan borders Ontario, Canada to the east and north, across lakes Huron and Superior. Indiana and Ohio are to the south, and Illinois and Wisconsin are to the west, across Lake Michigan. Detroit is approximately 300 miles east of Chicago and 250 miles west of Toronto, Canada. Michigan is warm and humid in the summer, cold and snowy in the winter. Michigan’s climate sometimes causes delays in trucking.
Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates for Alabama to Michigan vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Alabama is mainly agricultural, having many food processing and distribution centers, and Michigan is mainly industrial we see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailer, flatbed trailers, as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Alabama to Michigan are also running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul freight shipments, as well.