Virginia to Michigan Freight shipping and trucking services are in high demand; Richmond to Grand Rapids is a very heavily traveled route.
The Richmond, VA to Grand Rapids, MI freight shipping lane is a 754 mile haul that takes more than 12 hours of driving to complete. Shipping from Virginia to Michigan ranges from a minimum of 412 miles and a minimum of 6 hours on the road from Gainesboro, VA to Temperance, MI, to over 987 miles and a minimum driving time of 15 hours on the road from Chesapeake, VA to Cheboygan, MI. The shortest route from Virginia to Michigan is along the I-76 W corridor; however there is a more southerly route that uses the I-64 W, traveling through Columbus, OH to Charlottesville, VA.
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.
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.
Virginia to Michigan Freight shipping quotes and trucking rates vary at times due to the individual states industry needs. Since Virginia and Michigan are mainly industrial, 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 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.