Learn How to Calculate Freight Rates

How much does it cost to ship my freight?

The cost to ship your freight is dependent on a few variables. The mode of transportation, freight class, delivery time, packaging and destination specifications all affect your shipping cost.

Luckily, FreightCenter makes calculating your freight rates quick and easy with our instant freight quote calculator. If you have questions about how you may be able to further reduce your cost of shipping, please contact one of our knowledgeable freight agents.

Determining Freight Class

Your freight class is determined by a standard called the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). This system compares commodities and associates them with a freight class. Your freight class is then used to calculate the cost of shipping. The commodities are grouped into 18 different classes. These classes determine the freight’s “transportability” and equate for density, storability, handling and liability. Generally the higher the freight class the more expensive the cost to ship.

Delivery Time

The cost of ground shipping can either be guaranteed or not guaranteed. Logistics are carefully managed to ship your LTL or truckload shipment across the nation. Unfortunately, we can’t always predict natural disasters, road collisions or blocks, or even driver illness. Thus delivering an exact date for your delivery won’t always be accurate. We do, however, offer guaranteed shipping for those who are willing to pay a little extra shipping cost to ensure their freight shipment arrives on time. With guaranteed shipping, should an instance occur, your shipment will move to front of the line in order of importance.

Packaging and Shipping Costs

Did you know that how well your items are packaged could affect shipping costs. Costs for freight shipping are determined by the dimensions of your packages along with its weight. With LTL shipments the more space you take up in a truck the more expensive your cost to ship will be. Be efficient when packaging your pallets. Additionally your packaging can affect your freight class. For instance let’s look at the cost to ship a sofa. If your sofa is disassembled it has a lower freight class than if it is assembled. The cost to ship a couch from Florida to Texas costs $94.05 disassembled, but $118.98 assembled. Ask your freight agent for tips on packaging to reduce your shipping costs.

Destination Specifications

Specifications at your destination can also affect shipping costs. Requesting a call before delivery, requesting inside delivery, or delivering to a limited access location can increase your cost of shipping. Here is a list of some limited access delivery locations: storage units, churches, schools, commercial establishments not open to the public, construction sites, farms and fairs or carnivals.

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