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When to Use Freight

When to use freight shipping services and how to get the best freight rate and service with just one search.

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Learn When Your Shipment Qualifies as Freight.

Any shipment can be sent as freight in the United States, but the cost of shipping small or light-weight items usually doesn’t justify the mode.

Parcel services like UPS and FedEx set weight and dimensional limitations. Freight is used for shipments that fall outside these limitations. Freight is also used when a large volume of product is being transported from one specific destination to another. The price savings on large volume shipments is best achieved with LTL or TL services.

Freight services are also used when it comes to specific handling requirements such as refrigeration. As a general rule, your shipment will ship freight if any of the following are true,

  • Your item weighs over 150 pounds
  • The packaging of the item exceeds 165 inches in girth and length
  • The package is over 108 inches in length
  • You have multiple items of a combined weight and dimension going to the same destination
  • Your item requires special handling or has transportation restrictions

Save Money When Shipping Freight

Run an instant quote and see rates and transit times from multiple carriers. These quotes will all come from FreightCenter’s network of carriers, which means the carriers have all been vetted and the rates are significantly less than if you were to book through the carrier directly. Our in-house team of shipping experts will get in touch with you to verify your shipment details before they generate and send you all the relevant paperwork. If you’d like to speak with a National Account Manager before running a quote, call FreightCenter at 800.716.7608.

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