Freight cost is the the price incurred to ship your goods. Your freight cost is determined by a number of variables, some controllable, such as how far your shipment needs to go, what its density or volume is, whether or not accessorials are needed, and some uncontrollable, as with fluctuating fuel costs and truck capacity.
HOW DO YOU 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.
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 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.
With FreightCenter's online freight quote tool you can check your freight costs across all major carriers in our network. It could be that you save more to ship on a Monday than you would on a Friday, since rates vary depending on capacity and fuel costs.
Our freight agents are knowledgeable and will be glad to help you with any questions you may have about moving your freight. Contact online or call us at 800.716.7608.