South Carolina to Alabama Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Charleston to Birmingham is a very heavily traveled route.
The Charleston, SC to Birmingham, AL shipping lane is a 445 mile haul that takes more than 7 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from South Carolina to Alabama ranges from a minimum of 214 miles and 3 hours from Belvedere, SC to Abernathy, AL, to over 705 miles and a minimum of 10 hours on the road from Little River, SC to Fairhope, AL. The shortest route from South Carolina to Alabama is along the I-20 W corridor; however, there’s also a more northerly route that uses the I-26 W and I-85 S, passing through Ashland, AL and Columbia, SC.
The heart of the Old South, South Carolina is amazingly diverse for a state that ranks 40th in size in the US. The Blue Ridge Mountains delineate South Carolina’s northwest boundaries with North Carolina and Georgia. The Piedmont region is rolling hills, the aptly named Sand hills region is in the central part of the state, and the Outer and Inner Coastal Plains sweep to the Atlantic Ocean. South Carolina’s state capital, Columbia, is its largest city, with coastal Charleston coming in second. South Carolina’s diversity extends to the state’s climate. Summers are uniformly hot, but its coastal areas have mild winters, while the inland and upland areas of South Carolina see cooler winters with freezing rain and occasional snow. Freezing rain can make conditions hazardous for travel in the winter; bridges in the state are often marked “bridges freeze before roadways” for this reason. Tropical storms and spring rains are also common, although the state sees less hurricane and cyclone conditions than nearby North Carolina.
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.
South Carolina to Alabama Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since South Carolina and Alabama are largely agricultural, with many food processing and distribution centers, we see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailer. We also see a number of flatbed shipments as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both South Carolina and Alabama 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.