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FreightCenter offers reliable and cost-effective rail shipping solutions for all types of freight. Get instant quotes and compare rates from top carriers today.

What Is a Rail Shipping?

Rail shipping refers to transporting goods and commodities via railroads using trains. Rail shipping can be a cost-effective and efficient way to move large quantities of goods over long distances. It is commonly used for transporting heavy and bulky items, such as raw materials, coal, and finished products like cars and electronics. Rail shipping is often used for intermodal transportation, where goods are transferred between different modes of transportation, such as trucks, trains, and ships.

How FreightCenter Can Help

FreightCenter can help with your rail freight needs by providing you access to a network of reliable rail carriers at competitive rates. We can help you with everything from finding the best carrier for your specific needs to tracking your shipment throughout transportation. Our user-friendly platform and expert customer support team make it easy to manage your rail shipments from start to finish.

Trust FreightCenter to help you manage all your rail freight needs. With FreightCenter, you can easily compare rates and transit times from multiple rail carriers, ensuring you get the best service at the best price. We offer various rail services, including intermodal, heavy haul, and specialized freight. Whether you need to move freight across the country or just a few states over, we can help you find a cost-effective and efficient rail shipping solution.


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Why Choose FreightCenter For Container Rail Shipping?

FreightCenter is a reliable and efficient solution for rail freight shipping. Our platform offers access to a wide network of rail carriers, allowing us to find the best rates and services for your specific needs. We also provide you with a single point of contact for all your rail freight needs, simplifying the shipping process and providing peace of mind.

In addition, FreightCenter offers advanced tracking and reporting tools to help you stay informed about the status of your rail shipment at all times. Our team of dedicated logistics experts is available to answer any questions you may have and provide you with top-notch customer service. With FreightCenter, you can trust that your rail freight shipment will be handled with care and delivered on time.

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Rail Freight Shipping

Rail freight shipping can be an efficient and cost-effective way to transport large quantities of goods over land. However, coordinating rail shipments and navigating the various logistics involved can be challenging. At FreightCenter, we offer rail shipping solutions that take the hassle out of the process. With our experience and industry connections, we can help you find the right carrier, negotiate rates, and manage all the details of your rail freight shipments.

Whether you need to move a single rail car or an entire trainload of freight, we have the expertise and resources to get your shipment where it needs to go. Our comprehensive rail shipping services include everything from arranging pick-up and delivery to handling all necessary documentation and customs clearance. With FreightCenter, you can trust that your rail freight is in good hands and that you’ll receive the best possible rates and customer service. Contact us today to learn more about our rail shipping solutions.

Steps To Ship A Container?

Container freight often entails more than one form of conveyance, making it a tall order for an infrequent shipper to arrange. Infrequent shippers rely on 3PLs (3rd Party Logistics companies) like FreightCenter to arrange to ship with the carrier(s that provide the best combination of rate and service. Carriers prefer to work with companies that sign a long-term contract guaranteeing a minimum number of shipments.

Shipping container freight can seem overwhelming if you’re new to it, but it’s a straightforward process that involves the following steps:

  1. Determine your shipping needs: Decide on the type of cargo you need to ship, the volume of cargo, the destination, and the timeline for delivery. This information will help you choose the right container size and shipping method.
  2. Get a freight quote: Contact a freight forwarder or shipping company for a container shipping quote. You’ll need to provide information about the cargo, the origin and destination, and any special requirements.
  3. Choose a container size: Based on the volume of cargo you need to ship, choose a size that best fits your needs. Standard container sizes are 20 feet, 40 feet, and 45 feet.
  4. Book your shipment: Once you’ve received a quote and chosen a container size, book your shipment with the freight forwarder or shipping company. You must provide details about the cargo, pickup, delivery locations, and special requirements.
  5. Prepare the cargo: Pack your cargo securely in the container, making sure it is appropriately labeled and any necessary customs documentation is completed.
  6. Transport the container: The shipping company will transport the container to the port and load it onto the ship. Once it reaches the destination port, it will be unloaded and transported to the final destination.
  7. Receive your cargo: Once the container arrives at the destination port, you’ll need to arrange for customs clearance and for the container to be delivered to the final destination.

Overall, shipping container freight involves careful planning, preparation, and coordination with the shipping company, but it can be a reliable and low-cost way to transport goods across long distances.

How to Save Money on Shipping Container Freight?

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FreightCenter can help save you money when shipping container freight in a few ways:

Carrier network: FreightCenter has partnerships with a wide range of carriers, which allows them to compare rates and find the most cost-effective shipping option for your specific needs.

Advanced technology: FreightCenter’s technology-driven approach helps to streamline the shipping process, reducing the risk of errors and saving time and money in the long run.

Expertise and guidance: FreightCenter’s team of shipping experts can guide everything from choosing the right container size to navigating customs regulations, which can help avoid costly mistakes and delays.

Customized solutions: FreightCenter offers customized shipping solutions based on your specific needs, whether expedited shipping, specialized handling, or other requirements. This can help to minimize costs and optimize efficiency.

Freight consolidation: FreightCenter can consolidate your cargo with other shipments going to the same destination, which can help reduce shipping costs by sharing the cost of transportation.
Overall, FreightCenter’s combination of the carrier network, advanced technology, expertise, customized solutions, and freight consolidation can help save you money when shipping container freight while still ensuring your cargo arrives at its destination safely and on time.

3PLs arrange shipping services for shippers large and small. Some 3PLs, like FreightCenter, specialize in working with small-to-medium-size businesses that do not ship frequently enough to make signing a contract with one carrier worthwhile. Because of the high volume of sending FreightCenter does, we hold heavily-discounted contracts with many carriers. Our customers enjoy the benefits of those discounts, frequently saving 25%, 50%, 75%, or more compared with booking directly through the same carrier.

FreightCenter arranges pickup and delivery of container freight, whether the mode is intermodal or international ocean cargo. We work with an extensive network of trucking and freight companies specializing in container freight shipping. Whether you have a full container load (FCL) or partial container load (PCL), our booking agents can find a suitable carrier at a great rate.

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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.

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We deliver optimized solutions for full or partial truckloads and competitive dry van, flatbed, and refrigerated freight pricing. We can cover your full truckload shipping needs.

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Partial Truckload

Our experienced staff will manage all the variables needed to ensure a smooth shipping and safe arrival of your less-than-truckload cargo, including coordinating pickup and delivery, customs management, and permits.

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Shipping Insurance For Full or Partial Truckload

Purchasing additional freight insurance can give you added peace of mind whether you’re shipping less-than-truckload (LTL), full truckload, or partial truckload. See insurance rates for full or partial truckload freight shipping.

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LTL Shipping

Trust the experts at FreightCenter to give you the best prices and the most comprehensive options for all your LTL freight shipping needs.

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