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What Is a Freight Terminal?

A freight terminal is the connecting facility where shipments are transferred, and trucks are switched. These terminals can include trucking terminals, railroad terminals, airports, and seaports.

What Are the Advantages of Using a Freight Terminal?

  • Cost—Your freight cost will be much lower. When you bring your freight to the carrier’s main hub or distribution site, you avoid extra fees for accessorials like lift gates.
  • Speed—Your freight moves faster. A direct hand off to the carrier ensures your freight will be the next to go when a truck arrives.
  • Assurance—Your freight is visible. When fewer trucks are required (meaning less handling), the chances of your freight being lost or misplaced is dramatically reduced.

What Do You Need to Use a Freight Terminal?

Your FreightCenter Bill of Lading is all you need to use a terminal. Your freight agent will advise you to print several copies of your shipping label to affix it to each unit or piece of freight. If you have four pallets, you will need to print four copies and affix a label to each tightly wrapped pallet.

Where Can You Find a Shipping Terminal?

FreightCenter makes it easy to find a terminal near you! When you get a quote, select Freight Carrier Terminal as your location type. You can choose to use a terminal to pick up and/or drop off the shipment right on our quick quote form. Rate, book, and track shipments online in seconds. Getting an instant freight quote is easy. Simply enter your U.S. zip code or Canadian postal code and we will show you rates, the distance to the nearest terminal(s), and delivery options from our large network of North American freight companies. With one search, you will receive multiple bids from reputable carriers in the blink of an eye, which allows you to quickly compare your options and choose the service that is right for you. At FreightCenter we make it is as easy to book freight as it is to buy stuff online. Give us a call 800.716.7608 or book online now. Look Up More Freight Terms
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