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Other Ways to Control Freight Cost

Use Efficient Packaging Materials

Consider different packaging methods, and make sure you’re using the right packaging method for your commodity. Don’t simply shrink wrap an item, blanket wrap it. When you box or crate your freight, pay just as much attention to the insulation as you do the outer layer. Avoid billing adjustments and higher freight costs by making sure your shipments don’t have any overhang.

The best method of packaging would be to use a wooden crate since it offers the most reliable protection. It’s always best to package your items for ground transportation. The standard LTL service does not include air-ride suspension trucks so expect your shipment to move and bend during shipping. If you have any questions about packaging, contact one of our expert freight agents.

Consolidate Shipments

Consider consolidating multiple shipments into a partial or full truckload shipment if they are headed in the same direction rather than breaking them up. Also remember that for carriers that base their freight rates on density and commodity type, packaging materials can drastically alter the cost of freight shipping. Never forget to include the additional weight of your packaging materials in your information.

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Common Questions

How Freight Cost Is Determined

Freight cost is the price incurred to ship your goods. Your freight cost is determined by a number of variables, such as how far your shipment needs to go, what its density or volume is, whether or not accessorials are needed, as well as fluctuating fuel costs and truck capacity.

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How Do I Reduce Freight Costs?

In general, the higher your cargo’s density, the cheaper the rate. Mode of freight also matters -- road and rail tend to be cheapest while air is most expensive. If you have several shipments going in the same direction, consider consolidating them into a partial or full truckload shipment.

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How Much Does Freight Shipping Cost?

The cost of freight shipping is affected by several factors, including weight, dimensions, density, stowability, packaging, fragility, destination specifications, mode of transportation, time sensitivity and freight class.

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What Is the Cheapest Way to Ship Freight?

Several factors can affect freight cost. In general, the higher the cargo’s density, the cheaper the rate. Mode of freight also matters -- road and rail tend to be cheapest while air is most expensive. In addition, not all freight brokers have access to the best rates.

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How Do I Calculate Freight Costs?

To calculate freight costs, you need to know the following: type of packaging (pallets, crates, containers, etc.), type of goods (for classification), shipment size and weight, delivery zip code and whether there are any special handling requirements.

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