Understanding Domestic Freight
Domestic freight includes transportation by ground or air throughout the United States. FreightCenter’s vast network of common carriers specialize in domestic shipping. Whether you choose to quote online or work with your dedicated FreightCenter agent , we will find the most cost-effective and reliable method for transporting your shipment.
Ground shipping includes freight transportation by truck or airplane. Although ground domestic shipping is slower, it is the most economical form of transport. Ground freight also includes rail, which is both a fast and green mode of transporting goods domestically. Air freight, on the other hand, is fastest and depending on the density and size of the package could possibly cost less than ground shipping.
Domestic Freight Cost
There are many factors that play into the total cost of domestic freight shipping. Below are some examples:
Delivery Time: The faster you want it, the more it could cost to ship.
Freight Class: The higher the class, the more it could cost to ship.
Value of the Shipment: Adding insurance could increase costs.
Location of Pickup and Delivery: Distance increases the time in transit and leads to increased fuel costs.
Weight and Dimension: Oversized shipments may required a dedicated truckload. Overweight items can only be moved by vehicles that can handle the weight requirements, which may result in a higher cost to ship.
Location type: Businesses or buildings with a loading dock keep costs down because a lift gate is not required. Most residential freight shipments require a truck with a lift gate.
Security: Shipments to Mexico or to heavily guarded areas also increase the cost to ship.
Packaging: If you can’t pack your goods in a crate or securely strap it to a pallet (so a fork lift can move it around), than your shipment may require additional inside pickup or white glove services. Both add-ons could significantly increase your cost to ship.