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How To Find a Freight Carrier

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You find a freight carrier (an entity specializing in transporting freight from one location to another) typically by searching for available loads. Done by two options. One is calling multiple carriers and running freight quotes across multiple websites. Along with, searching load boards and posting your freight with the details of your shipment.

Freight haulers (aka: freight carriers) are companies or people who directly handle your shipment. They may use a truck, train, vessel (boat), or even an airplane. If you are shipping Less Than Truckload (LTL) or international freight, several carriers may handle & transfer your shipment. For some shipments, you might hire either a freight broker or a freight carrier. These are companies that contract with a group of carriers in their own network. As a result, arrange the shipment of your freight.

Seasonal Shipping

You may find booking a freight shipment becomes easier and or harder as the time of the year changes. Winter Season brings a slow down for many companies. Naturally, the spring season brings companies back into action. 3rd Party companies however, tend to be available for you year round. We here at FreightCenter are always happy to assist.

You do have ways to prepare for the winter season. Always prepare for slowdowns due to the yearly snow season. You may not need to if starting down south in Florida. However, would need to keep the destination’s location in mind. In addition, label protection is another thing to prepare for. The season can easily cause water damage to your label, protecting is a must to make sure that it remains scannable.

Load Boards

An additional option to find a suitable carrier is to source truck freight load boards. Resulting in where carriers are searching for available loads. The great thing about load boards is you can post your freight with specific details. Some examples being: location, date, and load details that will ensure interested freight carriers will inquire. Of course, load boards are not free to access. So, if you’re only shipping once, then it’s not worth the hassle. The other problem with this might be that you either underbid on the load, and get no takers, or overbid and get too many options. Thus, wasting valuable time and resources.

Freight Systems

You may be wondering which type of truckload would be best. First, your item, amount, and sizes matter most. LTL is a freight where you only pay for the capacity that your shipments takes up within the truck. In comparison, a full truckload is exactly what it sounds like. (TL) freights are always a full truck load. You must take up all of the physical storage space possible. Otherwise, you would have to pay for the empty space that your shipment blocks.

You always want to choose the right carrier for the right reasons. For LTL carriers, some specialize in rarely touched cargo, while another offers deals on certain routes. In contrast, TL carrier operate the other way around. You, or your 3PL such as FreightCenter, posts your shipment onto a network. A TL carrier would then see the details for your shipment, decide on their best truck for the shipment, and set up the final details. Occasionally, due to capacity issues, the TL carrier ends up not agreeing to ship to the original estimated cost. We here at Freight Center shall always be happy to assist you in finding both the best carrier and the best cost.

Freight Center

FreightCenter assists shippers by helping them determine freight class. We find the best carrier for their needs and move their cargo at the best available rate. We here at FreightCenter have been around since 1998. We’ve assisted in calculating the freight class for many years and many wonderful companies. As a result, we are always happy to assist in calculating for shipments both within the U.S. and around the world.

FreightCenter helps shippers avoid this time-consuming process by finding the best carrier for their needs in order to 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. This helps shippers find the best rate available by analyzing all available carriers and routes for their shipment and you won’t even need to provide too much info. What would be needed are the postal codes of both the pick up and drop of locations. In addition, the facility types of each location, along with dimensions of your shipment. You shall be able to compare LTL rates and get the best one possible for your shipment.

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