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How Much Does It Cost to Ship Freight?

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The costs when shipping freight are dependent on a few variables:

  1. The mode of transportation (TL vs LTL, Air vs Water)
  2. Freight class (set class vs density)
  3. Delivery time (standard vs Guaranteed)
  4. Packaging (pallet vs crate vs boxed,
  5. Destination specifications (businiess vs residential)

By definition, freight cost includes the price of fuel, mileage, capacity requirements, and any other equipment or services (like White Glove) you need to complete the shipment. Below are a few freight cost estimates to give you a general idea of how much it costs to ship certain items. The prices below do not reflect actual costs but are representations of shipments previously booked by a FreightCenter customer.

How to Calculate Shipping Cost

FreightCenter makes calculating your shipping rates quick and easy with our instant freight quote form. If you have questions about how you may be able to book low cost freight, please contact one of our knowledgeable freight agents. A frequently asked question is “How much does freight shipping cost?” Below are the variables to take into consideration when defining or calculating true freight costs. By using our freight cost calculator, you will have access to all major freight shipping companies and their rates.

Determining Freight Class

Freight costs vary depending on freight class. Your freight class is determined by a standard called the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC). This system compares commodities and associates them with a freight class. Your freight class is then used to calculate the cost of shipping so that you get the most accurate freight cost estimate. The commodities are grouped into 18 different classes. These classes determine the freight’s “transportability” and equate for density, storability, handling and liability. Generally the higher the freight class the more expensive the cost to ship.

Don’t know your freight class? Use our handy freight density calculator to provide you with a number based on the dimensions and weight of your packaged freight.

Packaging and Shipping Costs

Did you know that how well your items are packaged could affect shipping costs? Costs for freight shipping are determined by the dimensions of your packages along with its weight. With LTL shipments the more space you take up in a truck the more expensive your cost to ship will be. Be efficient when packaging your pallets. Additionally, your packaging can affect your freight class. For instance, let’s look at the cost to ship a sofa: If your sofa is disassembled it has a lower freight class than if it is assembled. Because of this, shipping disassembled items can result in a 20-50% savings over shipping assembled items. Ask your freight agent for tips on packing your furniture or packaging and crating in a way that reduces your shipping cost.

Delivery Time

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The delivery time of ground shipping can either be booked as guaranteed or estimated, depending on which option you choose for your shipment. Logistics are carefully managed to ship your LTL or truckload shipment across the nation. Unfortunately, we can’t always predict natural disasters, road collisions or blocks, or even driver illness. Thus delivering an exact date for your delivery won’t always be accurate. We do, however, offer guaranteed shipping for those who are willing to pay a little extra shipping cost to ensure their freight shipment arrives on time. With guaranteed shipping, should an instance occur, your shipment will move to front of the line in order of importance.

Destination Specifications

Specifications at your destination can also affect shipping costs. Requesting a call before delivery, requesting inside delivery, or delivering to a limited access location can increase your cost of shipping. Here is a list of some limited access delivery locations: storage units, churches, schools, commercial establishments not open to the public, construction sites, farms and fairs or carnivals.

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