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Freight Shipping

FreightCenter makes shipping freight easy and affordable. Whatever your freight shipping needs, FreightCenter has options for you.

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Whether you are shipping freight via truck, train, ship, or plane, FreightCenter manages the entire process for you. As your single point of contact for paperwork, tracking, and billing, FreightCenter makes freight shipping easy and affordable.


Freight Shipping Anything, Anytime, Anywhere

Need to freight ship a sophisticated CNC milling machine across the country, ship heavy equipment overseas, or fill an order from your e-commerce store? We pass on our discounted freight rates directly to you with a vast network of carrier partners. From one pallet to a full truckload, we’re here to help with your freight shipping needs, just as we have been since 1998.

Free Unlimited Freight Shipping Rates

With FreightCenter, you instantly compare real-time freight rates from top freight shipping carriers. Choose the combination of freight shipping services, price, and transit time that meet your needs, and FreightCenter will do the rest.

You get access to our free online freight tools when you complete a quote. This includes your personalized online account dashboard with direct access to your shipments, paperwork, tracking, and real-time freight rates for quoting and booking future shipments. From your freight’s point of origin to its destination, we manage your shipment the entire way.

How to calculate freight shipping costs

Learn how much shipping will cost based on freight class, destination, transit times, and shipment size. You can also find tools to calculate freight shipping rates for your shipment.

8 Step guide to freight shipping

1. Open an account and save up to 70% off freight shipping.*

Create an account. You’ll need a credit card for billing. Make sure the billing address on your credit card matches the one on your account.

If you already have an account, enable it for freight shipping.

2. Pack your shipment.

Want help packing your freight shipping items? Get quick freight packing tips and learn how to: Put freight on pallets and Stack and wrap bags, drums, cartons, and boxes.

3. Look up your freight class for LTL shipments.

For less-than-truckload (LTL), you must know the freight classification (NMFC code) before getting a rate quote or shipping. We can help you estimate your classification code with the LTL Freight Classification Tool. Just select your product category and enter your shipment’s weight and dimensions.

4. Get a freight quote.

Enter your shipment details into our LTL freight rating tool or express freight rating tool to get rates, transit times, and service options. Or compare FedEx rates with other carriers using our LTL Select tool. 

5. Decide on the right speed and service for your freight.

See all your domestic, international, LTL, and air freight shipping options.

To compare international freight services, use our online tool.

6. Decide if you need a liftgate truck for pickup or delivery.

If either you or your recipient doesn’t have a loading dock, you can request a liftgate. If you don’t ask for a liftgate but need one, your shipment may be delayed and generate added fees. If you need a liftgate, check that box when you request the pickup.

If your recipient needs a liftgate, you can add that to the Bill of Lading. On provided Bill of Lading, check the box at the bottom. You can also write it in the Delivery Instructions box. To confirm a liftgate is being sent, call Customer Service

7. Create a domestic freight shipping label online or use a paper Bill of Lading.

You’ve got three options for creating a freight shipping label. You can:

Create a domestic freight shipping label online, without a Bill of Lading

Download a Bill of Lading, complete the editable fields and print it

You may also need other forms.

Learn more about creating freight labels online and Bills of Lading.

8. Schedule a freight pickup.

Freight pickups must be scheduled separately from package pickups. They can only be scheduled on the same day as the pickup. 

You can schedule a pickup when you create a shipment. Or arrange a pickup later.

You can also contact Freight Customer Service at 1.866.393.4585 to schedule a pickup.

Visit the how to schedule a freight pickup page if you have
any questions.

9. Track your shipment.

Each pallet receives its shipping label and unique 12-digit tracking number – improving tracking and visibility from dock to delivery.

10. Delivery of Freight

Log in to your account on select the “Billing” icon.

The Best Method for Freight Shipping

FreightCenter can help you ship freight via various modes, from air freight to international shipping. Cargo is most often transported via ground freight. The two most common ground freight shipping methods are truckload (TL), less than truckload (LTL), and rail freight shipping.

Freight Shipping via Ground

Most freight is transported via ground freight. The three most common ground freight shipping methods are:

Truckload (TL): Also referred to as Full Truckload, TL shipping is used when the load is too large for LTL shipping, when the shipment is too unwieldy to share space with other cargo or when a specialty vehicle such as a flatbed or drop deck truck is required.
TL shipping is very straightforward and much less complicated than LTL shipping. Since truckloads do not accommodate more than one shipper’s cargo, the load can frequently be picked up by the truck that will immediately deliver it to its destination.

Less-than-Truckload (LTL): As the name suggests, LTL shipping is for freight shipments that do not require an entire truck. Instead of one shipper using a whole truck, multiple shippers share the same truck, reducing costs for all of them. The most significant benefit of LTL shipping is the price. LTL shipping is the most popular mode of shipping in the United States.

There are several processes involved with LTL shipping. Local trucks that deliver these shipments to a terminal or hub pick up freight from each shipper’s location. From there, all freight is placed on a truck that carries it for the long haul to the destination terminal. At the destination terminal, the shipments are unloaded, reorganized, loaded onto local delivery trucks, and sent to the destination location.

Partial Truckload: Partial truckload could be considered a hybrid between LTL and TL shipping. It’s used for six to 18 pallets of freight with a weight range of 8,000-27,000 pounds. Advantages to using a partial truckload can include faster delivery and a lower price.
The downside to partial truckload service is there is the minimal capacity for it. Ask your freight agent whether your load should ship as a partial truckload or as two LTL shipments.

Intermodal Rail Freight: Intermodal railway freight shipping involves the combination of freight shipping by rail and truck. Almost always, a rail shipment will need the help of a truck. The truck takes the freight from the rail hub to its final destination.
Railway freight and interstate trucking companies each offer advantages that bring down your shipping cost. Rail freight can be less expensive if your freight’s origin and destination are close to railheads. Rail shipping is also the most economical choice when shipping large and heavy load.

Truckload Freight Shipping

Through our extensive network of carriers, we can provide a wide range of equipment. Here are just some of the type of trucks we have access to:

Dry Van Freight – Dry Van Freight is hauled on a standard enclosed trailer. This is the most common truck for shipping a full or partial truckload. When you think of a dry van, don’t think passenger vehicle like a minivan. Think about 15-wheel semis with 53-foot trailers in tow.

Flatbed Freight – Flatbed trucks have trailers with no sides or roofs and are typically used when transporting oversize freight. These trucks are used to ship lumber, cement tubes for utility construction, steel beams, and anything that needs to hang off the edge of the trailer bed.

Refrigerated Freight – Refrigerated trucks are used when your freight shipment requires refrigeration and temperature-controlled settings. Refrigerated freight usually includes perishables, food, beverages, plants, or any item requiring refrigeration and temperature-controlled environments.

Drop Deck Freight – Drop decks are designed to transport long loads. This specialized truckload equipment has a lower deck system that rolls onto an upper deck. This type of truck is best when shipping items such as heavy construction piping, stacked wood, flooring, and scaffolding setups.

Specialized Freight Shipping

Through LTL freight carriers, we can also ship specialized freight, cargo that requires dedicated equipment or special handling:

Motorcycle Shipping – Going to a motorcycle rally? We can get your biker there, ready to ride. FreightCenter partners with leading motorcycle shipping companies and haulers to offer great rates and services nationwide.

Tradeshow Shipping – Special care is needed to ship large trade show exhibits. We’ll take care of all paperwork and scheduling to ensure your trade show display gets to the show on time and intact.

Furniture Shipping – Let us help you save the hassle and expense of moving yourself with easy furniture shipping at the lowest price. FreightCenter assists with long-distance residential furniture moving for the whole house or one piece of furniture. We also offer value-added White Glove Service to help with packaging and loading.

Additional LTL Freight Shipping Services

Depending on what you are shipping, your LTL freight shipment could require additional services or what’s known as accessorials. Because these freight services are typically beyond the general responsibility of the freight carrier, there may be an additional fee. Some of the most common accessorials are:

Liftgate – A liftgate is located on the back of a freight trailer to enable cargo to be raised from or lowered to the curb when the location does not have a loading dock.

Notification Services – Notification calls are an added feature we can offer for any freight service. You’ll receive a call before any pickup or delivery so you will know when to expect the truck.

Limited Access – Limited access includes any destination or location that restricts trucks from entering. FreightCenter works with carriers equipped to access such areas. Limited access locations include construction sites, military bases, schools, churches, and government facilities. 

Inside Pickup & Delivery – Inside Pickup and delivery is used when it is necessary for the driver to deliver or pick up freight past the curb.

First Mile Service – With First Mile Freight Services, your freight will be picked up, packaged, and then delivered to its destination.

Final Mile Services – Final Mile Freight Service (or Last-Mile) includes inside delivery and debris removal. If more services are needed, let us know, and we will help you secure those requirements.

White-Glove Services – Most commonly used in furniture delivery, white-glove freight services are the best option when your freight requires special attention. A Freight agent can help you determine the level of white-glove service you need, from standard to premier. These services include inside pickup and delivery, loading, unpacking, stair carry, and debris removal.

Expedited Freight – When a freight load is time-sensitive, our Freight Agents will work diligently to ensure you receive the fastest service we can deliver using Expedited Freight services.

Guaranteed Delivery Services – With Guaranteed Delivery, your freight arrives during the standard transit time.

Additional Truckload Shipping Services

FreightCenter has an elite team of freight experts dedicated to truckload logistics. If you ship entire truckloads or oversized items, we can provide 3PL services, including:

Expedited Freight – Need to get your freight shipment there in a hurry? Your cargo will go directly from origin to delivery to ensure the fastest delivery time.

Just-In-Time – With Just-In-Time, shipping requires strategy and planning. We’ll help you increase efficiency and decrease waste by ensuring you receive your freight shipment right before you need it – not too early or too late.

Warehousing and Distribution – Truckload shipping primarily goes to and from commercial businesses and warehouses. That means these shipments picked up and delivered from warehouses and distribution centers require specialized equipment. 

Request for Proposals (RFP) – We can provide you with year-round, committed rates and capacity based on RFPs.

Your Partner in Freight Logistics

FreightCenter is a one-stop third-party logistics (3PL) provider for small businesses, large corporations, supply chains, and government institutions. Our team of freight logistics experts has the experience to handle any job, no matter the size. We can help you:

Focus on meeting your specific cost and service goals.

Properly prepare for peak shipping seasons.

Find suitable carriers that can provide the freight shipping services you need.

Find carriers that offer the best prices to ship your freight to where you want it to go.

To get an accurate freight quote, you must know the services your shipment requires. Not sure what services you need? Our Freight Agents can you help – simply give us a call at 800.716.7608.

Common Questions

How Much Is Freight Shipping?

Several factors may affect your freight shipping cost. These include weight, dimensions, density, stowability, packaging, fragility, destination specifications, mode of transportation, time sensitivity and freight class.

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How Does Freight Shipping Work?

People often ask "How does freight shipping work?"

Freight shipping is the transportation of goods in bulk via truck, aircraft, ship, or intermodal (train).

2 Types of Freight Shipping:

  1. Less-than-truckload (LTL) – LTL Shipping involves the transporting of smaller freight that doesn’t need to take up an entire semi-trailer. The cargo being transported can usually fit on just a few pallets that can then be consolidated onto one single truck with other, unrelated, shipments.
  2. Full Truckload (TL) – FTL Shipping involves the transportation of a full truckload of freight, usually from one location and one single business or entity. Many large businesses and enterprises have more complex supply chains that need truckload services. FreightCenter is one of the only third-party logistics providers who will bring you instant truckload rates so that you can get your shipping needs handled in minutes.

There are several steps involved in freight shipping, including packing your cargo, getting a freight quote, and creating a bill of lading. By using a third-party logistics provider (or freight broker), you'll save time and money.

Freight is any shipment that weighs over 150 lbs. "Freight shipping" is the transportation of any goods, commodities, and cargo in bulk, by ship, aircraft, truck, or intermodal (via train and road). Freight can be transported domestically or internationally by land, air, or sea.

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What Is Freight Shipping?

Freight is any cargo weighing more than 150 pounds -- or essentially any shipment too large to transport with a package delivery truck. Freight shipping is the transportation of freight via truck, aircraft, ship or intermodal (train) to a domestic or international location.

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