Michigan to Louisiana Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Detroit to Lafayette is a very heavily traveled route.
The Detroit, MI to Lafayette, LA shipping lane is a 1,187 mile haul that takes more than 16 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Michigan to Louisiana ranges from a minimum of 750 miles and a minimum of 11 hours from Grand Beach, MI to Kilbourne, LA, to over 1,255 miles and a minimum of 17 hours on the road from Cheboygan, MI to Pearl River, LA. The shortest route from Michigan to Louisiana is along the I-65 S corridor; however, there’s also a more westerly route that uses the I-55 S, passing through Indianapolis, IN and Memphis, TN.
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.
Home to alligators and Mardi Gras, oil refineries and shrimp boats, Louisiana is bordered by the Mississippi River to the east, Texas to the West, Arkansas to the North and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. The state’s capital city is Baton Rouge, but the cultural capital of Louisiana is without a doubt New Orleans, where the state’s French and Spanish heritage are always on display. The most tropical of all the contiguous US states, Louisiana is known for its short winters and long sultry summers, and for the hurricanes and tropical storms that sometimes sweep the Gulf Coast and flood the state’s swampy lowlands.
Louisiana’s economy is based upon the state’s abundant natural and agricultural resources, whether for products they produce or for the tourism these resources generate. Important agricultural products include seafood—Louisiana supplies 90 percent of the world’s crawfish—cotton, soybeans, sugarcane and rice. Other agricultural products include cattle, poultry and dairy products. The state’s oil and coal products are also key to industry, as are chemical products, paper products and processed food.
Michigan to Louisiana Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Michigan is mainly industrial and Louisiana is mainly 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 Michigan and Louisiana 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.