Parcel shipping entails the shipping of parcel, naturally, but what is a parcel? Parcel is a package—the terms can be used interchangeably—that is sized dimensionally. Parcel shipping is a service that is provided by most postal systems, private package delivery services, and less than truckload carriers (hint hint, that’s us).
A good rule of thumb for deciding to choose parcel is this: If you believe the item falls within a high freight class category, the weight of the commodity is 150 lbs. and its dimensions are within range, choose parcel. While freight class is a non-issue for parcel, your commodity will reap the benefits of parcel services—meaning it will be handled with more care. If it’s close to 150 lbs. but has a lower freight class (or is more durable), is stackable, and fits within the dimensions, choose LTL.
Figuring out the girth of your parcel shipment takes a bit of calculation.
Small packages mean more attentive care in making sure each package arrives at its destination. Because of the number of checkpoints a small package must pass, it’s easier to detect if it’s lost or off track. Parcels are also easy to reassign to a different truck or carrier, which allows for competitive discounted rates.