Although there are several types of freight trucks out there, you want to stick to a select few. Any truck that does not have an enclosed trailer will not offer your freight sufficient protection. Food and beverages are sensitive items and need to be treated as such through the usage of additional services to ensure they arrive fresh to their destination.
Shipping items of this nature will require attentive care and additional specialized services to maintain the integrity of the items.
Depending on what type of medical freight you are shipping, certain factors should be kept in mind as they come into play. It’s likely that what you’re shipping will be expensive. It’s best not to cut corners with items of this value. Instead, do everything by the book and rest assured you’ll be in good hands.
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 causes items in the trailer to shift.
The most essential step in the entire shipping process if you want to avoid any re-bill charges. If you miscalculate the weight or dimensions for your shipment, it can result in hefty monetary consequences.
Medical equipment can sometimes unknowingly contain hazardous materials that should be disclosed to your freight agent when shipping. It’s always best to mention any potential hazardous materials as you are putting the trucker and drivers on the road in danger if something were to happen. If you’re ever unsure, it’s always best to consult with an agent.
This is for those temperature sensitive shipments. The trailer of a truck can get hot and with no circulation, it’s easy for things to go stale or sour very quickly. By opting for a refrigerated truck, you’re keeping your items at a temperature that will sustain the freshness of your freight for the duration of the trip. It might cost a little extra, but it’ll be worth every penny. It’s up to your discretion to determine if this is necessary for your shipment or not.
This is the typical truck you think of when you think “freight truck”. It’s a truck with a long, covered trailer. A dry van can offer your food, beverages and medical equipment protection from any severe weather outside, though it does not offer temperature control. If you deem it unnecessary to pay extra for a climate controlled truck, this will be your best option.
It’s likely that you won’t be able to lift a heavy piece of medical equipment with your bare hands and hoist it onto the trailer of a freight truck. That’s where a lift gate comes in. We’d almost ask you to consider this a mandatory additional feature, even though it’s technically optional. If a truck driver determines its necessary for a lift gate to be used to complete a pick up or delivery, they will use it and you will later get re-billed for not only the usage of the lift gate but for also for an additional fee. It’s better to just commit to using a lift gate to avoid any outstanding re-bills.
This is the royal treatment. A group of workers come in to package your freight up for maximum protection, load it onto the truck, and even unload it and un-package it at the destination location. If you’re shipping a highly fragile item that you don’t want to fuss with, be sure to include this service and save yourself the headache of having to worry.
Does this produce or medical equipment need to get to its destination by a certain date? You will need to opt in for this additional service. Your freight shipment dates and transit times will never come with a guarantee, due to how unpredictable the world of freight is. Something small could through off track the drivers entire schedule for the rest of the day. The only time we can guarantee dates and times is if you book with guaranteed delivery.
No matter what, a carrier will always charge you extra when you ship to or from a residential location. Even if it’s a business you’re running out of your residence. We always encourage shippers to drop off and pick up their freight from a terminal or commercial location when possible, as it will save you money in the end.
This is different from residential in the sense that even a commercial location could be considered limited access. If the location is in a rural area or in a tight urban area that a freight truck has trouble driving in, there will be a surcharge for this limited access location.