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Residential Freight Shipping

Let FreightCenter walk you through the residential freight shipping process, and see how easy it is to get affordable rates from all major shipping companies. We’ll even follow up when your freight shipment is in transit, to make sure everything is going smoothly.

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Residential Freight Shipping is Hard

On the list of the top 10 most stressful things a human can do, shipping household goods has got to be #1, especially when shipping cross-country or internationally. We get it, but don’t worry; we’re here to help you through it.

So, what’s a freight class?

Well, it’s a way of classifying shipments based on commodities. Freight class is a standardized classification system for items transported via LTL freight shipping. It is used by carriers for pricing freight rates and formulating the cost to ship your freight.

There are 18 different freight classes, numbered 50 to 500. A lower-class number generally means a lower shipping cost – because your item is easier to ship; however, if you ship things with different classes on the same pallet, the shipment defaults to the highest class of those items.

Shipping classes are based on size, weight, and density. There are 18 classes, numbered 50 to 500. A lower class number generally means a lower shipping cost — because your item is easier to ship. So, a box full of bowling balls can cost as much as a box full of pillows to ship due to the size each takes up on the truck and whether or not anything can be stacked on it (stowability). It’s essential to choose the appropriate freight class for your shipment. Otherwise, you could be back-charged for your shipment.

Depending on the commodity you’re shipping, you could be looking at a lower or higher freight class.

Find Your Freight Class

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Pickup/Delivery Information
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Shipment Information
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First Things First: What Are You Shipping?

What’ve you got on your hands: freight or parcel? And how can you tell? If your shipment is:

  • over 150 pounds
  • more than 108 inches in length
  • more than 165 inches in both length and girth combined

…you’re shipping freight. The standard services offered by the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and Federal Express can’t help you where FreightCenter can!

To calculate girth:

  1. Measure the width of the package, multiply this number by two.
  2. Measure the height of the package, multiply this number by two.
  3. Add these two numbers together. This is your girth.
  4. Now, add your length + girth to see if the total is under 165 inches.

Are You a First-time Shipper?

FreightCenter can save you time and money when shipping household goods. Whether you’re shipping a refrigerator to your new home, furniture to a relative, or a television you bought online, we’ll help ship your items safely and on time. Let us take care of all the hard work while offering tools and tips along the way, like:

  • Crate your freight and save some money! Transporting unpackaged furniture can be very costly. Box, crate, or palletize your freight shipment to save up to 50% or more on shipping costs.
  • Need help packaging your furniture, office systems, or machinery? Talk to your FreightCenter agent about professional packaging options for an additional cost.

Residential Freight: What else should you know?

Residential delivery fees apply when shipping freight to a primarily non-commercial (residential) location. Carriers define areas according to their zones:

  • A commercially zoned business typically opens and closes to the general public at set times each day. However, if your business is primarily residential, it may be zoned that way.
  • Residential and at-home business shipments tend to cost more because residentially zoned locations are not typically freight truck-friendly and considered limited access. This includes apartments, residences, farms, estates, remote locations, and possibly even schools and churches.

The cost to ship can also change when delivering to a limited access location (i.e., construction sites, military bases, camps, and storage facilities). To avoid unexpected billing adjustments, ask your FreightCenter agent if your location would fall into one of the above categories.

Save money & time when you ship residential freight with FreightCenter

Shipping costs depend on commodity type, weight, dimensions, pickup, and delivery locations, and distance traveled. For the most accurate freight rate (and to avoid extra charges), ensure all information is 100% complete and accurate when scheduling your shipment. Be as exact and honest as possible about the contents, weight, size, and location of your packaged freight. Use our freight shipper’s checklist if you don’t ship often.

Per FreightCenter’s Terms and Conditions, the cost of the billing adjustment will be automatically deducted from the credit card on file.

To avoid a billing adjustment ensure the following are all correct on your BOL and delivery receipt.

  • Number of items being shipped
  • Total weight of all items
  • The dimensions and total cubic feet (total space required)
  • Description of shipment is correct (freight class)
  • Services requested are all listed

What Happens if You Receive a Bill Directly From a Carrier?

Call FreightCenter’s Customer Service department at 800.716.7608. and send us a copy of your bill. Our staff will work to resolve the issue and appropriately credit the charges. We ask our shippers to give their drivers a copy of FreightCenter’s automated BOL with every shipment to help prevent this from happening.

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