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How to Prepare Freight for Transport

If your item is too large or heavy to use parcel shipping, consider commercial freight shipping. Shipments that exceed the size and weight limits for parcel shipping services can be shipped affordably as freight.


What Freight Options are Available?
Freight haulers offer several options, including Less than Truckload Freight, Truckload Freight, and Expedited Freight services. Using a freight forwarder, you can even ship freight internationally.


Choosing a Freight Carrier
To determine which freight service you need, first measure your freight shipment. Next, find and choose a freight hauler or a freight broker, making sure to check their authority, insurance, and references.


Understand Costs and Insurance
Once your carrier has provided a freight quote, ask about their cargo insurance. If cost is a concern, use our tips to save money on your freight shipment.


Prepare Freight
Before your carrier arrives, prepare your freight shipment. Freight cannot simply be put in a box; there are specific packaging and labeling requirements. Make sure to follow your hauler’s instructions exactly to protect your shipment from damage.


Complete Your Shipment
Unlike parcel shipping companies, freight haulers are not responsible for packing, loading, or unloading your shipment. Your carrier may be able to assist, but you should be ready to handle your freight at the origin and destination points. By making your freight hauler’s job easy, you help make sure that your shipment arrives on time and undamaged.


It's also important to properly list your items for the most accurate bid. List the number, size, and weight of the individual units. Pallets, drums, crates, and boxes are all commonly shipped by carriers and can be used to better describe your load as well. Lastly, if you know your freight class and load density you should also include that information.


Freight carriers also offer first mile shipping along with last mile delivery to simply your business logistics needs and save money on your supply chain expenses.


More Freight Shipping Guides:
Understanding Freight Quotes
How to Ship Refrigerated Freight
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