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Shipping Dry Goods

Shipping Dry Goods

Looking for a freight estimator to help you decide on how to ship those dry goods? We offer a free online tool with instant results and same day shipping.

Shipping of Wholesale Dry Goods

Wholesale dry goods make up the majority of freight shipping in the US. Moved around the United States all day, every day, and sold in retail stores other than grocery and hardware stores.

Trucks are the number one transportation method used for shipping dry goods.

There are so many freight carrier options out there. Carriers that specialize in specific routes or cargo types can save money. Trying to figure out who can provide the best service for the best rates is a full-time job.

Fortunately, you have FreightCenter to do it for you. Shipping dry goods is usually done via LTL (less-than-truckload) freight. But if you are shipping a considerable amount of dry goods, you may need a full truckload.

Whichever type of shipping you need, FreightCenter can handle it for you.

How Do You Select a Carrier for Dry Goods if You Need a Full Truckload?

If you are shipping dry goods that call for full truckload service, FreightCenter’s Truckload division is available to find the right carrier for your shipment.

We maintain relationships with hundreds of nationwide regional and national freight trucking companies who check with us for available hauls.

We excel at finding and booking specialty vehicles. If you need a specialty vehicle like a refrigerated truck or one with air suspension, we’re here to help.

Call our Truckload shipping experts at 800.716.7608 to learn more, or use our free online quote tool to get started right away.

How Do You Prepare Dry Goods for Ltl Freight Shipping?

You save money with LTL (less-than-truckload) shipping because your shipment shares the truck with loads from other shippers.

It’s important that your cargo be packaged so it will not be damaged in transit and will not present a danger to other shipments on the truck.

Dry goods are usually shipped in boxes that are strapped (banded) to a pallet.

Here are some tips that could help you save money and time.

  • Package dry goods to condense items to take up as little space as possible

  • Keep weights and dimensions to a minimum

  • Used proper packaging materials such as packing papger, bubble wrap, foam packaging products, packing tape, etc.

  • Wrap packed boxes with shrink wrap

  • Label your pallets and boxes accurately in several locations so the label can be found easily

  • Use standard size boxes to make safe stacking easier

  • Do not overpack boxes beyond their weight limits

  • Stack goods on as few pallets as possible, up to 72” in height

  • Keep packages from overhanging the pallet edge on any side

  • Use banding straps to prevent load shifts

  • Ship to and from facilities with loading docks when possible

How to Compare Ltl Freight Shipping Costs From Trusted Carriers When Shipping Dry Goods

FreightCenter is where the best freight carriers compete for your business. We enable you to compare multiple carriers’ rates and expected transit times in a matter of seconds.

Then, you choose which carrier you want to handle your shipment. FreightCenter takes care of the rest. Your first step is to get an instant, online freight shipping quote.

  • Enter the dimensions, weight, relevant zip codes and freight class (if you know it) into the quote form.

  • You’ll see a list of qualified carriers for your shipment, along with their quote and estimated transit time. Choose your carrier and book your shipment.

  • A FreightCenter expert will review your shipment and check for accuracy.

  • Once the shipment is scheduled, you’ll receive your bill of lading and other paperwork.

  • Double check that all information is correct.

What if You Need Help?

FreightCenter is a leader in customer satisfaction because we back up our technology with the able assistance of real live shipping experts who are here to help you.

Need help booking your dry goods shipment? Questions about packaging? Have questions or concerns after you’ve booked your shipment?

Our shipping experts are available to answer your questions. Save time, save money, and enjoy peace of mind. Get your free quote now or give us a call at 800.716.7608.

Shipping Dry Goods

Shipping Dry Goods

Shipping Dry Goods FAQ

Q. What’s considered dry goods?

A. Dry goods in the United States refers to non-perishable items like textiles, clothing, toiletries, and grocery items minus liquids. These products are typically found in dry-goods stores rather than hardware or grocery stores. The term “dry goods” encompasses a wide range of consumable products that are not liquid-based.


Q. Can you send dried food in the mail?

A. Yes, you can send dried food in the mail. According to perishable mail guidelines, dried fruits and veggies are allowed to be mailed. However, it’s important to note that anything that can deteriorate quickly, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, cannot be mailed. Additionally, specific requirements apply when mailing items like eggs and meat.


Q. Can I ship dry goods of any size via freight?

A. Yes, you can ship dry goods of various sizes via freight. Freight shipping is suitable for transporting both small and large quantities of dry goods, as long as they are properly packaged and within the weight and size limits specified by the carrier.


Q: Are there any specific labeling requirements for shipping dry goods via freight?

A. While there may not be specific labeling requirements for all dry goods, it’s essential to label packages clearly with shipping and destination addresses, especially if the shipment contains multiple boxes. Additionally, if any special handling instructions are necessary, they should be clearly labeled on the packages.


Q. Are there any restrictions on shipping certain types of dry goods via freight?

A. Generally, there are no specific restrictions on shipping dry goods via freight. However, it’s essential to adhere to any transportation regulations related to specific types of dry goods, such as hazardous materials or restricted items, to ensure compliance during transit.

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