Ground Freight

Ground Freight

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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.

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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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With an extensive network of carriers operating in North America, we offer freight pricing on full truckload, partial trucking, and LTL (less-than-truckload) services to and from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Our freight carriers have mastered lanes to and from popular U.S. destinations like New York, Florida, California, Arizona, Texas, and everywhere. Obtain a discounted ground shipping rate today, and we will provide you with an excellent ground freight rate whether you are a commercial or residential shipper.

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