Shipping items of the office and household nature is not a difficult challenge and can easily be accomplished by you. We’ll walk you through every step of the way and make sure you’re up to speed on what’s happening with your freight at all times. We’ll even offer ways for you to save money, as shipping to or from a residence can be a more expensive than other locations such as a freight terminal. Trust that you’re taken care of when you ship with FreightCenter.
Sit back and relax while a dedicated team packages up your freight for you. They’ll even load it onto the truck and unload and unpackage it once it reaches its destination. It couldn’t be easier. Talk to your agent about adding on this additional service.
Packaging your freight appropriately is a crucial step in ensuring it remains unharmed during it’s time in transit. Keep in mind that your precious rocking chair or grandfather clock will be in a trailer among heavy and bulky items such as an engine. It’s your duty and obligation to package your freight well enough so that nothing happens to it.
PRO TIP: Crate your freight & 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 at an additional cost.
Measuring your freight properly is an essential step that will prevent you from being faced with a rebill charge. Any time your freight exceeds the weight or dimensions of what you initially listed when receiving and booking your shipment, the freight carrier has to rebill you for that and it could have been easily prevented.
When measuring your freight, you’re going to want to gather the following information: weight, length, width and height.
50 pounds of rocks and 50 pounds of feathers both weigh 50 pounds – right? But, 50 pounds of rocks take up much less space, and are much denser than 50 pounds of feathers.
The denser something is, the less likely it is to get damaged in transit.
The less likely it is to get damaged during transit, the lower the freight class.
The lower the freight class, the less expensive it is to ship.
It’s when more than just weight is taken into account. It includes the dimensions for length, width and height too.
Because freight trucks are large and it’s hard for them to maneuver in tight spaces, there is a surcharge for drivers to pick up or drop off in residential locations. When possible, we encourage you to conduct your pickups and drops offs at a commercial location or freight terminal to avoid paying extra.
Just because a location is commercial, doesn’t mean it’s not limited access. It could be a business in a desolate area, or a business in a crowded metro area, both of which have the potential to be limited access. Verify with your agent to confirm the location you’re shipping to and from is not limited access.
The driver is not responsible for assisting you in any way with this step either. If it is determined that the usage of a liftgate is necessary for the pick up or drop off, the driver will use one and you will get rebilled for it at a higher rate than if you had simply opted in for it at the time of booking.