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Finding the Best Freight Rates

Getting freight rates is easy with our freight rate calculator.

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Just enter some basic information about your item, such as weight, size and locations to compare rates from top freight shipping carriers. Once you have gotten a quote, you can book your shipment in about the same amount of time it takes to book a plane ticket.

Did you know that using a freight broker like FreightCenter can have its advantages as well? When you book through FreightCenter, you get to take advantage of our negotiated rates – which you otherwise would not have access to.

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Calculating Freight Rates

Shipping freight rates vary depending on which carrier you choose. There are several factors that should be considered when calculating freight rates. The following factors all have an impact on your rate:

  • Mode of transportation.
  • Shipment’s weight and dimensions.
  • Freight class.
  • Distance.
  • Point of origin.
  • Point of destination.
  • Type of goods being shipped.
  • Insurance coverage.
  • Extra services, add-on services, and accessorials.

Accuracy is key. When calculating your shipping freight rates, providing a detailed list from the above factors will help you get a more accurate estimate. When it comes to freight shipping, the devil is in the details.

  • Are you shipping to a business in a commercially zoned location or a residentially zoned location? At-home businesses often require that you select the residential and limited access location shipping services accessorials.
  • Is there a loading dock at the delivery location? If not, you need to choose liftgate services.
  • Does your cargo require special equipment, such as temperature-controlled shipping?
  • Is your shipment time sensitive? Then selecting expedited shipping services during the quote process helps keep your freight a priority even during delays.
  • Did you weigh and measure your fully packaged shipment?

All of these items affect the final freight rate. Accurately reporting weight and dimensions as well as selecting all add-on services during the quote process helps you avoid surprise billing adjustments later. It also helps provide you with the most accurate estimated quote.

If you are unsure of specifics or have questions, call 800.716.7608 to speak with one of FreightCenter’s expert freight agents. Our agents provide their real-world experience and training to ensure that your shipping experience is smooth and cost-effective.

FreightCenter Can Help You Save Money

Our many years of experience working in the freight industry have resulted in strong relationships with the industry’s top carriers. When you work with FreightCenter, our networks and resources are extended to you.

Additionally, our agents ensure ease of shipment. We coordinate the details, including scheduling the pick up and drop off, paperwork and billing.

Ready to get started?

Use our easy freight quote tool to compare rates or call 800.716.7608 to speak directly with an agent today.

Common Questions

How Do You Calculate Freight Rates?

Your freight rate primarily depends on five factors: 

  1. The type of freight, 
  2. The mode of transport (truck, ship, train, aircraft), 
  3. The weight of your shipment, 
  4. The size of the shipment and 
  5. The distance to the delivery destination.

Calculating your freight rate can be a complicated process that is highly dependent on your particular shipment and the carrier.

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What Are Freight Rates?

Freight rate refers to the cost of shipping an item from one location to another. There are several factors that impact final freight rates, such as an item’s weight, size, NMFC code, freight class and more.

Additionally, there are other factors that influence a shipment’s cost that constantly fluctuates. For example, fuel costs and trailer capacity frequently change and impact freight rates.

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How Do I Get the Best Freight Rates?

Freight rates can vary significantly between freight carriers. Factors influencing a carrier’s freight rate might include the carrier’s terminals/hubs and whether the route between two points is primary or secondary.

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How Are Freight Rates Determined?

Freight rates are determined by several factors: freight density, stowability, classification, mode of transportation, distance, points of pickup and delivery, fluctuating fuel costs, truck capacity and any extra charges for special cargo.

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