Terminal Shipping

Learn about how to ship terminal-to-terminal.

What is a terminal?

A terminal is a carrier hub where trucks connect to transfer packages along different lanes and routes. Terminals may also be referred to as distribution centers or service centers. Terminals may be located at airports, railroad centers, seaports, and trucking hubs. Terminals are used to consolidate shipments from local pickups. The goods are then arranged onto trucks heading in the direction of the consigned delivery. Most LTL shipments will then unload at a central distribution center. The shipment will then be scheduled and loaded onto a local delivery truck. Local delivery trucks run daily delivery shipments generally in the am. They then collect outboard shipments in the afternoon and return to the terminal.

How to Locate a Terminal

Using a carrier terminal to ship freight is easy and saves you time and money. Most of FreightCenter's licensed carriers have terminals or hubs located throughout the continental United States. If your pickup location or destination is within driving distance of a carrier terminal, select a terminal as your location type. When you select a terminal as your location type, you will be prompted to choose the closest terminal upon booking your shipment. Terminals are located in major cities that have airports for the most part. You may also try googling “Freight Terminals Near Me”.  Closest available matches should be displayed by distance. Our agents can assist you in locating the closest available terminal. They will answer all questions and concerns you have relating to terminal usage.

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