When it comes to freight, no pick up or drop off location is created equal. While some locations are optimal for getting a freight truck in and out of, other’s pose more of a challenge, and some are outright impossible.
Here are some of the most common locations for picking up and dropping off freight—and what you should keep in mind with each.
Although to you they may be different, in the eyes of the freight industry, residences and at-home businesses are one and the same. Running a business out of your home or renting space in a residential location still qualifies as residential shipping. The way the trucker sees it: no matter how you slice it, they still have to drive their massive truck into a residential style neighborhood. Which means a more meticulous process for them, thus the higher rates that accompany residential shipping.
Locations that are considered residential are subject to higher freight rates than commercial locations. When possible, conduct a pick up/drop off at a non-residential location.
A liftgate is almost always required at a residential location. If you do not add a liftgate when booking and it is determined at the time of pick up/drop off that a liftgate is necessary to complete the transaction—one will be added for you and you will be charged. Additionally, this will generate a billing adjustment. This can be avoided by initially asking your FreightCenter Agent if a liftgate will be necessary at the time of booking.
Though business locations are typically easier to orchestrate shipments in and out of, certain business locations may still be considered limited access. By using Google Maps, your FreightCenter Agent is able to determine if your location will fall under limited access or not.
Although parking lots provide ample space to conduct a freight pick up or drop off, it’s sometimes difficult for truckers to identify who their customer is and where exactly they’re located. Therefore, this location is typically reserved as a last resort effort. A FreightCenter motorcycle carrier, HaulBikes, frequently uses public parking lots to pick up and drop off bikes—for no additional fee.
Whether you’re shipping to or from a residential or business location—it’s best to lay all our cards on the table from the beginning. This helps your FreightCenter Agent identify which accessorials you need, and allows your FreightCenter Agent ample time to add them to your Bill of Lading. By doing so, you’re preventing yourself from receiving a billing adjustment down the road.
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