What Goes Into a Freight Quote?
Freight shipping is the transportation of items that are too large for the postal service to ship; usually over 150 pounds. Freight can include single large items like furniture or an engine. It can also be a large amount of smaller items, like textiles or flooring materials.
Calculating a freight quote means taking into account a number of variables.
- Freight class
- Dimensions and weight
- Lanes and route optimization
- Shipping distance
- Accessorials – additional fees for shipping with special requirements or limited access
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Use our free online freight quote calculator to save money on your next shipment. Our calculator offers instant results from many US top rated carriers. It will show you the most cost effective and efficient way to ship your freight. You only need information such as pickup and delivery locations, as well as the weight and dimensions of the shipment. The best available rates from many carriers will be provided to you when you sign up for a free account. Our results include available carriers, transit times and your discounted price. You can also book your shipment immediately after getting your online freight quote, or contact us via our toll free number at 800.716.7608. A friendly agent will be happy to help you with all your freight needs and questions.
No matter how much freight you need to move or where you need to move it, our shipping solutions make it simple. FreightCenter is your one stop shop for freight shipping solutions. We offer less than truckload (LTL), truckload (TL), intermodal or international services.
Our large carrier base allows us to provide you with the services you need to transport your freight. That includes specialized services, such as lift gates, limited access, inside pickup and delivery, white glove services and custom enterprise solutions!
Ways to Maximize Your Freight Quote Savings
Use Freight Terminals
Most freight terminals are in large cities or towns. If you are shipping from a small city, try finding nearby terminals for potential savings. Take your packaged or palletized shipment to the carrier’s terminal to save on the first and last leg of travel. Use terminal to terminal services for extra savings.
Use custom boxes and consider custom crating your product. Learn how to create your own DIY crate with our handy instructions. Merge the shipment to as few pallets as possible. Freight quote estimates are based on weights and dimensions. Keep the dimensions packed tighter and smaller and you have even more potential for savings.
The Right Stuff
Box or palletize the shipment by adding protective packing materials. Secure your item or items to the pallet with shrinkwrap. It is advised to not let your shipment overhang on the pallet or you may risk damage to corners and edges. If you need help with packaging your item, we can offer a custom solution to your shipping needs. Just give us a call at 800.716.7608.
Shop for rates from many recognizable freight carriers. Depending on how frequent and where you ship, we can offer the highest discount from the best known names in the business. With FreightCenter, we work with the carriers so you can go about your business.
Provide accurate weight information when entering your shipment details into our freight quote calculator. Total shipping weight must include packaging. Take the time to measure the height, width and depth of your shipment. Consider using custom boxes or pallets to save even more time on packaging. A huge price factor aside from destination of your quote is the weight and dimensions so it’s important to always use accurate information. If you are not shipping from a business or location with a dock, you may require a lift gate which costs an additional fee at the time of pickup and delivery.
When your freight shipment arrives, make sure you immediately check for any damage and loss. Report claims right away. FreightCenter acknowledges that adjustments made by the carrier after the point of pickup could incur more cost to the shipper. Please call 800.716.7608 if you’re ever unsure about a quote or service terms.
Online Freight Quote
Our freight quote calculator will have you ready to ship within minutes. See some of the best rates the industry can offer and obtain services from the most reputable vendors in the freight shipping business. Get a quote online, by email or contact us via phone at 800.716.7608. We are here to help you. Try us out today for free.Look Up More Freight Terms