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Basics of Freight Shipping

Basics of Freight Shipping

Discover the essentials of freight shipping and how it plays a critical role in the U.S. economy. Learn what can be shipped, the importance of accessorials, and best practices for packaging to ensure your cargo arrives safely and efficiently. Whether you're a corporate entity, small business, or residential shipper, FreightCenter connects you to a vast network of nationwide carriers.

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Freight shipping, by definition, is the movement of bulk cargo from one location to another, whether it’s by truck, rail, air, or sea. Knowing the basics of freight shipping can be the difference between shipping a truckload of freight versus a truckload of money. The importance of the freight industry cannot be understated. In fact, The American Trucking Associations’ American Trucking Trends 2018 found that the trucking industry alone generated $700.1 billion in revenue, or 79.3% of the U.S.’s freight bill, cementing its place of importance in the U.S. economy.

At FreightCenter we ship freight for corporate and government, small businesses, and one-time residential shippers. No matter the freight shipment, FreightCenter will connect you to one of our many nationwide carriers.


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Can I Ship That?

Short answer: Yes! Slightly longer answer? Your best bet is to check with your FreightCenter freight agent. We want to help you get your freight where it needs to go, but some limitations apply. For instance, we don’t ship vehicles or live things.

This can depend on the carrier you choose, and your agent will inform you upon booking.


Are Accessorials Needed?

Accessorials are add-ons to your booking that assure ease of shipment. If your shipping location or destination lacks the proper equipment, like a liftgate, or if they are starting or ending at a limited access pickup location, it can be added to your quote form for an additional fee. Billing adjustments occur if such accessorials are missing on the order.

Furthermore, if you want your freight to be treated like the MVP (Most Valuable Package!), additional accessorials like First Mile and White Glove Service will lay out the red carpet. Services like these are optional.

—Learn more about different kinds of accessorials here!

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Packaging For Freight Shipping

The road to delivery can be a treacherous one. Freight faces damaging conditions in the warehouse and on the road. It also typically passes a lot of hands before it gets where it needs to be. Just remember:

  • Crate, palletize, and otherwise package your freight securely.
  • Proper packaging is of the utmost importance! If something happens between points A and B, you want to assure that your carrier liability is not nullified due to improper packaging.
  • It would be wise to get freight insurance.
  • Place labels in multiple places on every piece of freight.

Learn more about packaging here!