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How Does Freight Shipping Work?

People often ask “How does freight shipping work?”

Freight shipping is the transportation of goods in bulk via truck, aircraft, ship, or intermodal (train).

2 Types of Freight Shipping:

  1. Less-than-truckload (LTL) – LTL Shipping involves the transporting of smaller freight that doesn’t need to take up an entire semi-trailer. The cargo being transported can usually fit on just a few pallets that can then be consolidated onto one single truck with other, unrelated, shipments.
  2. Full Truckload (TL) – FTL Shipping involves the transportation of a full truckload of freight, usually from one location and one single business or entity. Many large businesses and enterprises have more complex supply chains that need truckload services. FreightCenter is one of the only third-party logistics providers who will bring you instant truckload rates so that you can get your shipping needs handled in minutes.

There are several steps involved in freight shipping, including packing your cargo, getting a freight quote, and creating a bill of lading. By using a third-party logistics provider (or freight broker), you’ll save time and money.

Freight is any shipment that weighs over 150 lbs. “Freight shipping” is the transportation of any goods, commodities, and cargo in bulk, by ship, aircraft, truck, or intermodal (via train and road). Freight can be transported domestically or internationally by land, air, or sea.

FreightCenter assists shippers by helping them learn how freight shipping works, find the best carrier for their needs and move their cargo at the best available rate. Our free freight quote tool provides shippers with instant access to freight rates from dozens of top freight carriers.

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