Shipping Freight is Easy with FreightCenter
Whether you are shipping freight via truck, train, ship, or plane, FreightCenter manages the entire process for you. As your single point-of-contact for paperwork, tracking, and billing, FreightCenter makes shipping freight easy and affordable. With a vast network of carrier partners, we pass on our discounted freight rates directly to you.
Need to freight ship a sophisticated CNC milling machine across the country, ship heavy equipment overseas, or fill an order from your e-commerce store? From one pallet to a full truckload, we’re here to help you when shipping freight, just as we have been since 1998.
With FreightCenter, you compare real-time freight rates from top freight shipping carriers instantly. Simply choose the combination of freight shipping services, price, and transit time that meet your needs and FreightCenter will do the rest.
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The best part? It’s free! When you complete a quote, you get access to all of our free, online freight tools.
This includes your personalized online account dashboard with direct access to your shipments, paperwork, tracking and real-time freight rates for quoting and booking future shipments. From your freight’s point of origin to its destination, we manage your shipment the entire way.
The Best Shipping Method for Your Freight
FreightCenter can help you ship freight via a variety of modes, from air freight to international shipping. Cargo is most often transported via ground freight. The two most common methods of shipping freight are truckload (TL), less than truckload (LTL) and shipping rail freight.Get Freight Rates
Methods of Shipping Freight via Ground
Most freight is transported via ground freight. The three most common methods of shipping freight via ground methods are:
- Truckload (TL)
Also referred to as Full Truckload, TL shipping is used when the load is too large for LTL shipping, when the shipment is too unwieldy to share space with other cargo or when a specialty vehicle such as a flatbed or drop deck truck is required.
TL shipping is very straightforward and much less complicated than LTL shipping. Since truckloads do not accommodate more than one shipper’s cargo, the load can frequently be picked up by the truck that will immediately deliver it to its destination.
- Less-than-Truckload (LTL)
As the name suggests, LTL shipping is for freight shipments that do not require an entire truck. Instead of one shipper using an entire truck, multiple shipper’s share the same truck, thereby reducing costs for all of them. The biggest benefit of LTL shipping is price. LTL shipping is the most popular mode of shipping in the United States.
There are several processes involved with LTL shipping. Freight gets picked up from each shipper’s location by local trucks that deliver these shipments to a terminal or hub. From there, all freight is placed on a truck that carries it for the long haul to the destination terminal. At the destination terminal, the shipments are unloaded, reorganized, loaded onto local delivery trucks and sent out to the destination location.
- Partial Truckload
Partial truckload could be considered a hybrid between LTL and TL shipping. It’s used for six to 18 pallets of freight with a weight range of 8,000-27,000 pounds. Advantages to using partial truckload can include faster delivery and a lower price.
The downside to partial truckload service is there is very limited capacity for it. Ask your freight agent whether it’s better for your load to ship as a partial truckload or as two LTL shipments.
- Intermodal Rail Freight
Shipping freight via intermodal railway involves the combination of shipping freight via rail and truck. Almost always, a rail shipment will need the help of a truck. The truck takes the freight from the rail hub to its final destination.
Railway freight and interstate trucking companies each offers advantages that bring down your cost to ship. Rail freight can be less expensive if your freight’s origin and destination are close to rail heads. Rail shipping is also the most economical choice when you’re shipping large and heavy freight.
Truckload Freight Services
Through our extensive network of carriers, we can provide a wide range of equipment. Here are just some of the type of trucks we have access to:
- Dry Van Freight – Dry Van Freight is hauled on a standard enclosed trailer. This is the most common truck used for shipping a full or partial truckload. When you think of dry van, don’t think passenger vehicle like a minivan. Think about 15-wheel semis with 53-foot trailers in tow.
- Flatbed Freight – Flatbed trucks have trailers with no sides or roof and are typically used when transporting oversize freight. These trucks are used to ship lumber, cement tubes for utility construction, steel beams, and anything that needs to hang off the edge of the trailer bed.
- Refrigerated Freight – Refrigerated trucks are used when your freight shipment requires refrigeration and temperature-controlled settings. Refrigerated freight usually includes: perishables, food, beverages, plants, or any item requiring refrigeration and temperature-controlled settings.
- Drop Deck Freight – Drop decks are designed to transport long loads. This type of specialized truckload equipment has a lower deck system that rolls onto an upper deck. This particular type of truck is best when shipping items such as heavy construction piping, stacked wood, flooring, and scaffolding setups.
Specialized Shipping of Freight
Through LTL freight carriers we can also ship specialized freight, cargo that requires dedicated equipment or special handling:
- Motorcycle Shipping – Going to a motorcycle rally? We can get your biker there, ready to ride. FreightCenter partners with leading motorcycle shipping companies and haulers to offer great rates and services nationwide.
- Tradeshow Shipping – Special care is needed to ship large trade show exhibits. We’ll take care of all paperwork and scheduling to ensure your trade show display gets to the show on time and intact.
- Furniture Shipping – Let us help you save the hassle and expense of moving yourself with easy furniture shipping at the lowest price. FreightCenter assists with long-distance residential furniture moving for the whole house or one piece of furniture. We also offer value-added White Glove Service to help with packaging and loading.
Additional Services when Shipping Freight
Depending on what you are shipping, your LTL freight shipment could require additional services, or what’s known as accessorials. Becasue these freight services are typically beyond the general responsibility of the freight carrier, there may be an additional fee. Some of the most common accessorials are:
- Liftgate – A lift gate is located on the back of a freight trailer to enable cargo to be raised from or lowered to the curb when the location does not have a loading dock.
- Notification Services – Notification calls are an added feature we can offer for any freight service. You’ll receive a call before any pickup or delivery so you will know when to expect the truck.
- Limited Access – Limited access includes any destination or location that restricts trucks from entering. FreightCenter works with carriers equipped to access such locations. Examples of limited access locations include construction sites, military bases, schools, churches, and government facilities.
- Inside Pickup & Delivery – Inside Pickup and delivery is used when it is necessary for the driver to deliver or pick up freight past the curb.
- First Mile Service – With First Mile Freight Services, your freight will be picked up and packaged, and then delivered to its destination.
- Final Mile Services – Final Mile Freight Service (or Last Mile) includes inside delivery and debris removal. If more services are needed, let us know and we will help you secure those requirements.
- White Glove Services – Most commonly used in furniture delivery, white glove freight services are the best option when your freight requires special attention. A Freight agent can help you determine the level of white glove service you need, from standard to premier. Some of these services include inside pickup and delivery, loading, unpacking, stair carry, and debris removal.
- Expedited Freight – When a freight load is time-sensitive, our Freight Agents will work diligently to ensure you receive the fastest service we can deliver using Expedited Freight services.
- Guaranteed Delivery Services – With Guaranteed Delivery your freight arrives during the standard transit time.
Additional Truckload Shipping Services
FreightCenter has an elite team of freight experts dedicated to truckload logistics. If you ship entire truckloads or large items, we can provide 3PL services including:
- Expedited Freight – Need to get your freight shipment there in a hurry? Your cargo will go directly from origin to delivery to ensure the fastest delivery time.
- Just-In-Time – With Just-In-Time shipping requires strategy and planning. We’ll help you increase efficiency and decrease waste by ensuring that you receive your freight shipment right before you need it – not too early or too late.
- Warehousing and Distribution – Truckload shipping is primarily going to and from commercial businesses and warehouses. That means these shipments picked up and delivered from warehouses and distribution centers require different specialized equipment.
- Request for Proposals (RFP) – We can provide you with year-round committed rates and capacity based on RFPs.
Your Partner in Freight Logistics
FreightCenter is a one-stop third-party logistics (3PL) provider for small businesses, large corporations, supply chains, and government institutions. Our team of freight logistics experts have the experience to handle any job, no matter the size. We can help you:
- Focus on meeting your specific cost and service goals.
- Properly prepare for peak shipping seasons.
- Find the right carriers that can provide the shipping freight services you need.
- Find carriers that offer the best prices to ship your freight to exactly where you want it to go.
To get an accurate freight quote, you must know the services your shipment requires. Not sure what services you need? Our Freight Agents can you help – simply give us a call at 800.716.7608.