Here are some tips for freight shipping to keep in mind when setting up a shipment. And if questions arise when booking a shipment, freight professionals are available to assist. We provide an easy-to-use, self-service platform, and freight experts to support you ship truckload, less than truckload, expedited, and intermodal freight.
Some Tips for Freight Shipping
1. Provide the most accurate freight information.
- Dimensions – An important factor incorrectly quoting the shipment is the freight dimensions – length, width, and the height. These should be rounded to the next inch. Inaccurate freight dimensions will result in the adjustment from the carrier and may be costly.
- Weight – This is another necessary factor in determining your freight quote. The Department of Transportation regulates the weight of trucks on the road and accurate freight weights empower the carriers to manage their truck weights.
2. Be mindful of oversized items or heavy shipments.
- Items want extra space due to size, shape or weight may be subject to higher shipping rates.
- Freight shipping rates are calculated based on dimensions, weight, and other cargo-specific factors.
- Correct weights and the measurements allow carriers to present you with affordable options that are best suited for each load.
3. Safeguard shipments with proper care and packaging.
- To support protect your freight in transit, it’s important to create or the palletize your freight shipments.
- The standard pallet size is 40” x 48”.
- Proper packaging can support you to save time and money.
- If shipments cannot be packaged, there are still options available based on the shipment’s weight and the dimensions.
4. Know the requirements of shipment locations.
- You should be prepared to offer data about what origin and destination locations need since carriers expect to pick up and deliver from/to loading docks.
- Do shipping points have loading docks or are liftgates needed? Do you need an appointment?
5. Be aware of delivery schedules especially for the time-critical shipments.
- If your shipment necessitates a more definitive time window, you may want to choose the guaranteed delivery option.