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You never know the journey that your freight will endure while it’s in transit. That’s why you should package your shipment thoroughly so that it’s prepared for any bump in the road, including snowstorms or rainstorms that may cause items in the trailer to shift.
If you’re choosing to not package your freight in any way, we encourage you to do so at your own risk as many carriers will not even accept an unpackaged shipment.
Here comes the tricky part (but it doesn’t have to be). Some carriers go by weight, and some carriers go by something called density weight. The difference between the two is that density weight takes other dimensions into account.
50 pounds of rocks and 50 pounds of feathers both weigh 50 pounds – right? But, 50 pounds of rocks take up much less space, and are much denser than 50 pounds of feathers.
The denser something is, the less likely it is to get damaged in transit.
The less likely it is to get damaged during transit, the lower the freight class.
The lower the freight class, the less expensive it is to ship.
When measuring your freight shipment, be sure to inquire whether the carrier you chose goes by weight or density weight. This will make all the difference.
Once you start to gather dimensions, be sure to include all pallets, shipping materials, crates, etc., in your dimension measurements. Every inch and pound counts. You’ll need to measure your length, width, height, and weight. Keep in mind, the scale you use to track your weight loss progress may not be the most accurate tool of measurement for your freight shipment. Stick to professional scales only, please!
A good test to ensure your parcel is packaged securely is to make sure you would feel comfortable dropping it off the kitchen table. Think it would survive the fall? Then, you’ve probably done a thorough job securing it.
6 quick, easy steps to packaging parcel:
Measuring parcel is nothing more than 30 seconds of 4th grade math. It’s easy stuff.
All you need to know is that your parcel must weigh less than 150 pounds, be less than 108 inches in length, and measure less than 165 inches in dimension (we’ll get to that in a second).
How to calculate parcel dimension:
Parcel dimension = Length + Girth Combined
There are many modes of transportation for freight, all which cater to a different need you may have. Some methods are more suitable for a budget, while others are more suitable for a time-sensitive shipment.
Although you as a shipper have many modes of transportation to choose from, the choice sometimes is already made for you. If you’re only shipping from Florida to North Carolina, it wouldn’t make sense to ship by ocean or air, but if you’re shipping to Hawaii, you would have to ship by ocean or air at one point.