Virginia to Florida Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Richmond to Tampa is a very heavily traveled route.
The Richmond, VA to Tampa, FL freight shipping lane is a 795 mile haul that takes more than 12 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Virginia to Florida ranges from a minimum of 514 miles and a minimum of 7 hours on the road from Emporia, VA to Evergreen, FL, to over 1,102 miles and a minimum driving time of 16 hours on the road from Cross Junction, VA to Miami, FL. The shortest route from Virginia to Florida is along the I-85 S corridor; however there is a more southerly route that uses the I-95 S, traveling through Columbia, SC and Fayetteville, NC.
Virginia sits on the Atlantic Coast of the United States and is commonly referred to as “The Old Dominion”, which was named for being one of the oldest overseas dominions of the King and Queen of England. With agriculture occupying over 30% of the land in Virginia, a large part of the states income comes from soy, hay, peanuts, and tomatoes being the most profitable crop in the state, at one time tobacco used to be the number one grown crop in the state, while no longer the case the state is still the fifth- largest producer of tobacco in the nation.
Virginia’s main industry is the technology sector, with the computer chip being the highest grossing export since 2006 and the fourth-highest number of technology workers in the United States, only California, New York, and Texas remain higher, technology quickly took over as the states main export while surpassing the state’s traditional top exports of tobacco and coal combined. To coincide with Virginia’s position in the technology industry, The Pentagon, which is located in Arlington, is the headquarters of the Department of Defense, while the Central Intelligence Agency in located in Langley, Virginia. Virginian is also home to several other government agencies, the United States Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation, and The United Sates Patent and Trademark Office, with all of these agencies and roughly 12% of all U.S. federal procurement money being spent in the state, providing over 900,000 jobs throughout the state and government contracts.
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 metropolitans 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.
Virginia to Florida Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Virginia is mainly industrial, and Florida is mostly agricultural, with many food processing and distribution centers, we see plenty of shipments by refrigerated trailer, flatbed trailer as well as by the more common dry van trucks. Our Less Than Truckload (LTL) carriers in both Virginia 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.