South Carolina to Michigan Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Charleston to Grand Rapids is a very heavily traveled route.
The Charleston, SC to Grand Rapids, MI shipping lane is a 974 mile haul that takes more than 14 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from South Carolina to Michigan ranges from a minimum of 625 miles and 10 hours from Rock Hill, SC to Adrian, MI, to over 1,170 miles and a minimum of 17 hours on the road from Port Royal, SC to Mackinaw City, MI. The shortest route from South Carolina to Michigan is along the I-26 W & I-75 N corridor; however, there’s also a more easterly route that uses the I-77 N, passing through Charlotte, NC and Columbus, OH.
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.
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.
South Carolina to Michigan Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since South Carolina is largely agricultural, and Michigan is mainly industrial, 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 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.