Michigan to New York Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; the route from Grand Rapids to Albany is primarily a very busy lane.
The Grand Rapids, MI to Albany, NY route is a 677 mile haul that takes more than 10 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Michigan to New York ranges from a minimum of 200 miles and 4 hours from Port Huron, MI to Niagara Falls, NY and over 884 miles and a minimum of 14 hours on the road from Cheboygan, MI to New York City, NY. The shortest route from Michigan to New York is along the I-90 E which also travels through Canada; however there is a more southerly route that uses the I-80 E traveling through Pennsylvania and Ohio.
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.
The ‘Empire State’ has an exceptional economic location for New York trucking companies, as it neighbors six states and a number of America’s most prosperous cities. It also shares a border with Canada’s economic centers: Toronto and Montreal. New York’s close proximity to major US cities has created a boom in the freight trucking industry, especially with routes to Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cincinnati and Indianapolis, with their strong automotive, heavy manufacturing, publishing, printing, biomedical, biotechnology and telecommunications industries. Within the state itself, the major routes for New York freight companies are between New York City, Buffalo and Rochester. New York’s geography and climate creates unique challenges in terms of shipping. It has varied terrain with mountains, forests, valleys and lakes—and a number of microclimates. The great variance in weather, between humid summers and bitterly cold winters, poses further challenges, as do New York’s strict commercial shipping regulations.
Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates for Michigan to New York vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Michigan and New York Industries are more industrial than agricultural, with manufacturing and distribution centers throughout, we see plenty of shipments by Flatbed as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Michigan and New York are running a number of regular services between the two states, and it’s an active route for heavy haul shipments as well.