Freight Shipping Made Easy
On the list of the top 10 most stressful things, shipping household goods has got to be at the top, especially when shipping cross-country or even internationally. We get it. Freight shipping can seem confusing and overwhelming. What is a freight class, Bill of Lading (BOL), or LTL? These are all questions we ask ourselves too, if we were in your shoes. Luckily, FreightCenter is here to help!
First Things First: What Are You Shipping?
What’ve you got on your hands: freight or parcel? And how can you tell? If your shipment is:
- over 150 pounds
- more than 108 inches in length
- more than 165 inches in both length and girth combined
…you’re shipping freight. The standard services offered by the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and Federal Express can’t help you where FreightCenter can!
- Measure the width of the package, multiply this number by two.
- Measure the height of the package, multiply this number by two.
- Add these two numbers together. This is your girth.
- Now, add your length + girth to see if the total is under 165 inches.
Are You a First-time Shipper?
FreightCenter can save you time and money when shipping household goods. Whether you’re shipping a refrigerator to your new home, furniture to a relative, or a television you just bought online we’ll help ship your items safely and on time. Let us take care of all the hard work while offering tools and tips along the way, like:
- Crate your freight and save some money! Transporting unpackaged furniture can be very costly. Box, crate, or palletize your freight shipment to save up to 50% or more on shipping costs.
- Need help packaging your furniture, office systems, or machinery? Talk to your FreightCenter agent about professional packaging options for an additional cost.
Residential shipping: What else should you know?
There are residential delivery fees that apply when shipping freight to a primarily non-commercial (residential) location. Carriers define locations according to their zones:
- A commercially zoned business typically opens and closes to the general public at set times each day. However, if your business is located in a primarily residential location, it may be zoned that way.
- Residential and at-home business shipments tend to cost more, because residentially zoned locations are not typically freight truck-friendly and considered limited access. This includes apartments, residences, farms, estates, remote locations, and possibly even schools and churches.
The cost to ship can also change when delivering to a limited access location (i.e., construction sites, military bases, camps, and storage facilities). To avoid unexpected billing adjustments, be sure to ask your FreightCenter agent if your location would fall into one of the above categories.
Save money and time when you ship your freight with FreightCenter
Shipping costs depend on commodity type, weight, dimensions, pickup and delivery locations, and distance traveled. For the most accurate freight rate (and to avoid extra charges), ensure all information is 100% complete and accurate when scheduling your shipment. Be as exact and honest as you can about the contents, weight, size, and location of your packaged freight. Use our freight shipper’s checklist if you don’t ship often.
To avoid a billing adjustment ensure the following are all correct on your BOL and delivery receipt.
- Number of items being shipped
- Total weight of all items
- The dimensions and total cubic feet (total space required)
- Description of shipment is correct (freight class)
- Services requested are all listed
What Happens if You Receive a Bill Directly From a Carrier?
Simply call FreightCenterís Customer Service department at 800.716.7608., and send us a copy of the bill you received. Our staff will work to resolve the issue and properly credit the charges. We ask our shippers to give their drivers a copy of FreightCenterís automated BOL with every shipment to help prevent this from happening.