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What Is Ground Freight?

Ground freight is a cheap transportation method generally used to transport large items that are not time-sensitive. Shipping freight via ground is often LTL and takes three to 10 days for delivery, depending on the pickup & delivery locations.

If your shipment requires overnight, high-speed, or international delivery, then consider using rail shipping, ocean container shipping, or air freight as transportation alternatives.

 

Why Choose FreightCenter For Your Shipping Needs?

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Why Choose FreightCenter For Less-Than-Truckload Services (LTL)?

 

We are an award-winning logistics company and an American veteran-owned business. We bring a lot to the table when it comes to less-than-truckload services.

Our history, competitive pricing, and level of service are unmatched in the industry. Over the years and many miles, we have formed a dedicated and respected network of partners in the industry to help customers meet deadlines.

Our mission is to meet and exceed customer expectations in all that we do. We take care of less-than-truckload freight shipping from pickup to delivery.

Excellent customer service is our hallmark, and it goes a long way in building a relationship of trust.

When customers select FreightCenter to handle their less-than-truckload freight shipment, they trust us to do the job.

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How does it work?

Shipping freight is more than just a single truck picking up a package and delivering it. It’s a network of trucks & terminals, and the process has more in common with the Pony Express than you might think.

When a crate or pallet gets picked up by a truck, it almost immediately goes to a terminal where it will be picked up by another truck.

What Is a Terminal?

A terminal is a short-term warehouse where trucks drop off and pick up freight. Referred to as a “carrier hub,” 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 and are used to consolidate shipments from local pickups.

The goods are arranged onto trucks heading in the direction of the delivery. Most LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments will unload at a central distribution center.

The shipment is scheduled and loaded onto a local delivery truck (“last-mile”). Local delivery trucks run daily delivery shipments – usually in the morning.

They then collect outboard shipments in the afternoon and return to the terminal. Ground freight is picked up and sent to the closest hub.

From there, it’s transferred to another truck, shipped to the destination hub (often via rail), and loaded onto a delivery truck for the final mile.

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Ground Freight FAQ

 

Q. What is ground freight?

A. Ground freight refers to the transportation of goods and cargo over land using trucks, trailers, or other ground-based vehicles. It is a common method of shipping for domestic shipments within a country or region.

 

Q. How long does ground freight shipping take?

A. The transit time for ground freight shipping varies depending on the distance between the origin and destination, as well as the specific carrier’s delivery schedule. Ground freight can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks, depending on the route and distance.

 

Q. Can ground freight shipments be tracked?

A. Yes, most ground freight carriers offer tracking services that allow customers to monitor the progress of their shipments in real-time. Tracking information includes the current location and estimated delivery time.

 

Q. How can I find a reliable ground freight carrier for my shipping needs?

A. To find a reliable ground freight carrier, consider working with reputable logistics companies or freight brokers that have established partnerships with reliable carriers. Research carrier reviews and ask for recommendations from other businesses in your industry to find a carrier with a track record of timely and dependable ground freight services.

 

Q. How are ground freight shipping costs determined?

A. Ground freight shipping costs are determined based on various factors, including the distance traveled, the weight and dimensions of the cargo, the type of goods being shipped, fuel prices, and any additional services required, such as expedited shipping or specialized handling.

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