Illinois to Florida Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Chicago to Miami is a very heavily traveled route.
The Chicago to Miami shipping lane is a 1,378 mile haul that takes more than 20 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Illinois to Florida ranges from a minimum of 600 miles and 9 hours from Marion, IL to Pensacola, Fl, to over 1,500 miles and a minimum of 24 hours on the road from Chicago to Miami. The shortest route from Illinois to Florida is along the I-75N to I-65N; however, there’s also a more westerly route that uses the I-24W and I-41W, passing through Evansville, IN rather than Indianapolis, IN.
Illinois extends from Chicago on the west coast of Lake Michigan deep into the rural Midwest. Illinois borders the Great Lakes and there is a lot of freight coming into the Chicago ports. While Illinois is large, the state is flat and easy to traverse. Chicago has a vast amount of industrial companies that have commercial freight shipping needs to all points of the country and into Canada as well. Illinois has cold, snowy winters that can slow down and delay trucking through the state.
Florida is a state that has an incredibly long coastline with many islands and peninsulas. Most of the state has a sub-tropical climate, with temperatures that often top 100° F in the summer. Most major shipping and trucking delays in Florida are related to hurricanes and tropical storms, which regularly affect various part of the state, especially on the east coast. Look out for hurricanes and tropical storms from June through November. Florida’s largest cities, all with populations of over a million in their metropolitan areas, are Miami, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. However, Florida has many medium-sized cities and industrial areas along its coasts; shipping tends to be distributed over a large area in Florida.
Illinois to Florida Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Illinois is mainly industrial and Florida is largely agricultural, with many food processing and distribution centers, we see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailer, flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Illinois and Florida 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.