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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.

Learn When Your Shipment Qualifies as Freight.

Any shipment can be sent as freight in the United States, but cost of shipping small or lightweight 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 truckload or less-than-truckload services. Freight services are also used for particular handling requirements such as refrigeration. As a general rule, your shipment will ship freight if any of the following is 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
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Save Money When Shipping Freight

Run an instant quote and see the best shipping 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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25 Years In Business
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93%+ On-Time Performance
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  • 2021, 2017 & 2016 Food Logistics’ Top Green Providers
  • 2021 & 2018 Supply & Demand Chain Executives’ Pros to Know: Matthew Brosious
  • 2020 & 2019 Top Food Logistics’ 3PL & Cold Storage Provider Award
  • 2020 & 2019 Business Observer’s Top 500 Companies on the Gulf Coast
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  • 2020 & 2017 Food Logistics’ Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain
  • 2020 Best of Palm Harbor Awards for Local Businesses
  • 2017 Green Supply Chain Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive
  • 2017 Tampa Bay Business Journal Heroes at Work
  • 2016, 2015, & 2012 Food Logistics Top 100 Software and Technology Providers
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Finely-tailored freight solutions

To create value for our customers by delivering customized shipping solutions that meet their unique needs and to fulfill shipping demands from simple to complex with expertise, guidance and ingenuity.

Rail Freight

Rail shipping is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly transportation method that utilizes trains to move goods over long distances. It's known for its efficiency in handling large volumes of cargo, making it a sustainable and economical choice for businesses seeking reliable freight transport options.

Expedited Freight

Expedited shipping is a premium service designed to meet urgent delivery needs. It prioritizes speed and quick turnaround, ensuring that packages or goods reach their destination faster than standard shipping options. Expedited shipping is the go-to choice when time-sensitive deliveries are essential, providing businesses and individuals with reliable and prompt service for critical shipments.

White Glove Freight

White glove shipping is a premium service that goes beyond standard delivery, offering meticulous handling, specialized packaging, and in-home setup or installation for valuable or delicate items, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience for customers.

LTL Freight

Less than truckload (LTL) shipping is a smart logistics solution for businesses with smaller shipments. It combines multiple smaller shipments into a single truckload, optimizing space and reducing costs. LTL shipping offers affordability and efficiency while ensuring timely delivery, making it an ideal choice for companies looking to save on transportation expenses without compromising on service quality.

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We provide competitive freight shipping prices and an all-inclusive, easy-to-use shipping experience for our customers. Exceeding our customers’ expectations results in thousands of satisfied customer reviews and repeat business. We believe in the power of our customer relationships. Check out FreightCenter reviews from real customers, and learn what they have to say about their freight shipping experience!