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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. Take a look at our cost-to-ship page for some insight on how the freight shipping process works with uShip.

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 carrier or a freight broker. Make sure to check their authority, insurance and references.

Understanding 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.

Preparing Freight

Before your carrier arrives, you’ll need to prepare your freight for shipment. Freight cannot simply be put in a box; there are specific packaging and labeling requirements. Make sure to follow your freight carrier’s instructions very carefully in order to protect your shipment from damage.

Completing Your Shipment

Unlike parcel shipping companies, freight transporters 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 carrier’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 be sure to include that information.

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

More Freight Shipping Guides:
uShip Ultimate Freight Guide
Understanding Freight Quotes
How to Ship Refrigerated Freight
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