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Flatbed Flatbed

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: A part of the US Department of Transportation whose focus is setting and enforcing commercial driver licensing and safety standards

Fifth Wheel: Device attached at a rear of a vehicle that provides a connection to link trailers

Fixed Tandem: Assembly of two axles and suspension that is attached to the supporting frame of an object so it cannot be moved

Flatbed: An open trailer, with no sides, which can be used to carry objects that are above average in size or weight

FMCSA: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Freight bill: A document that describes the shipment, outlines any charges and taxes that the shipper must pay, and includes information for the delivery; these bills can be collect or pre-paid: a pre-paid bill is paid for by the shipper, whereas a collect bill is paid for by the recipient of the goods

Freight broker: An agent that matches shippers with transportation service providers for a fee, generally refers to agents who match LTL shipments with carriers

Freight class: One of 18 categories defined by the National Motor Freight Classification System

Freight forwarding: A service that helps companies make international imports and exports; while the freight forwarder does not actually transport the freight, it arranges and handles the logistics of transportation for its customers including the preparation of all necessary documents, permissions, and insurance in order to ready the freight for transport, and hire the company doing the transporting

Freight: Commercial shipments that exceed the size and weight limits for parcel shipping services

Fuel surcharge: An additional charge added to the price of shipping to account for changing fuel prices, and is a percentage based on the U.S. National Average Diesel Fuel Index.

Full service moving: Household moving service where the moving company loads, moves, and unloads the belongings of the homeowner

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