WHAT IS FREIGHT SHIPPING?
Freight shipping is the process of transporting goods, commodities, and cargo by land, air, or sea. 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. With a vast network of carrier partners, we earn significantly discounted freight rates and pass the savings on to you.
FREIGHT SHIPPING ANYTHING, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
Need to transport a sophisticated CNC milling machine across the country, ship heavy equipment overseas, or fill an order from your e-commerce store? From one pallet to a full truckload, we're here to help you, just as we have been since 1998.
With FreightCenter, you compare real-time freight quotes from top freight shipping carriers instantly. Simply choose the combination of freight shipping services, price, and transit time that meet your needs and FreightCenter will do the rest.
The best part? It's free! FreightCenter gives you free, unlimited access to all of our online freight tools and resources. including 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.
SELECTING THE BEST SHIPPING METHOD
FOR YOUR FREIGHT
FreightCenter can help you ship freight via a variety of methods. Air freight is the quickest way to get your freight there. Air freight services can be the most cost-effective when shipping smaller packages. When you need international shipping, we keep your international imports and exports moving with ocean freight shipping. Freight shipping by boat is the most environment-friendly way to move your freight. Intermodal rail freight shipping can be extremely affordable, if you don’t need your freight moved in a hurry. Our network of rail carriers is ready to help.
But most cargo is transported via ground freight. The three most common ground freight shipping methods are:
1. 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 an entire truck, multiple shipper’s share the same truck, thereby reducing costs for all of them. The biggest benefit of LTL shipping is price. LTL shipping is the most popular mode of shipping in the United States. There are several processes involved with LTL shipping. Freight gets picked up from each shipper’s location by local trucks that deliver these shipments to a terminal or hub. 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 out to the destination location.
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2. 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.
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3. Partial truckload
Partial truckload could be considered a hybrid between LTL and TL shipping. It’s used for cargos of six to 18 pallets with a weight range of 8,000-27,000 pounds. Advantages to using partial truckload can include faster delivery and a lower price.
The downside to partial truckload service is there is very limited capacity for it. Ask your freight agent whether it’s better for your load to ship as a partial truckload or as two LTL shipments.
SOME FREIGHT MAY REQUIRE SPECIAL HANDLING OR EQUIPMENT
The following types of specialty freight all ship LTL.
- 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 – Shipping furniture always requires extra care, which is why many furniture sellers choose FreightCenter to broker their shipping. Our shipping agents excel at helping furniture shippers with their packaging questions, while our carriers are accomplished at transporting furniture. For these reasons, Freight Center can be a better choice than a moving company for individuals or families moving heavy and/or large pieces of furniture.
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SPECIALTY VEHICLES ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR TRUCKLOAD DEPARTMENT
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 used for shipping a full or partial truckload. When you think of 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 roof 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 settings.
- Drop Deck Freight – Drop decks are designed to transport long loads. This type of specialized truckload equipment has a lower deck system that rolls onto an upper deck. This particular type of truck is best when shipping items such as heavy construction piping, stacked wood, flooring, and scaffolding setups.
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LTL FREIGHT SHIPPING OFFERS MANY SPECIAL SERVICES TO MEET YOUR NEEDS
Your LTL shipment may be enhanced by additional services or what we call accessorials, extra services, or equipment needed during delivery or pickup. Because there is an additional fee charged for accessorials, it is important to indicate which ones are needed for your shipment when you are receiving your online quote.
Whether you are shipping freight from your residence, home office, or small business your shipment may require the use of accessorials. Some of the most common accessorials are:
- Liftgate – Located at the rear of the truck, a liftgate assists with loading and unloading. Liftgates are essential when the pickup or delivery 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 locations. Examples of 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.
Depending on what you are shipping, your LTL freight shipment could require more specialized services. If you need to use any of these specialized services you will need to speak with one of our Freight Agents. Our Freight Agents can guide you through the booking process. Some examples of these services are:
- FirstMile Service – With FirstMile Services, your package will be picked up and packaged, and then delivered to its destination.
- Final (Last) Mile Service – Final (Last) Mile Service 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 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. Some of 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.
SUPPORT PROVIDED BY A TEAM DEVOTED TO FINDING YOU JUST THE RIGHT SERVICES
FreightCenter has an elite team of freight experts dedicated to truckload logistics. If you ship entire truckloads or large items, we can provide 3PL services including:
- Expedited shipments – 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 that you receive your freight shipment right before you need it – not too early or too late.
- Warehousing and Distribution – Truckload shipping is primarily going to and from commercial businesses and warehouses. That means these shipments picked up and delivered from warehouses and distribution centers require different specialized equipment.
- Request for Proposals (RFP) – We can provide you with year-round committed rates and capacity based on RFPs.
CRUSH YOUR BUSINESS GOALS WITH OUR LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS
FreightCenter is a one-stop third-party logistics (3PL) provider for small businesses, large corporations, supply chains, and government institutions.
We can help you:
- Focus on meeting your specific cost and service goals.
- Properly prepare for peak shipping seasons.
- Find the right carriers that can provide the freight shipping services you need.
- Find carriers that offer the best prices to ship your freight to exactly 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 help – simply give us a call at 800.716.7608.