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How to Get the Best Ebay Freight Shipping Rates

If your business sells on eBay, you might be under the impression that you only have a few options when it comes to shipping large items to your buyers. If you are a buyer on eBay its important to make sure you compare the various freight carriers so you can choose the right carrier that will ensure safe and timely delivery to your newly purchased item. While eBay lists only two eBay freight shipping partners, you have the option of choosing any carrier you want and the reason they picked only the 2 options for you is that it is in their best interest. For the past 20 years, FreightCenter has been one of the largest providers of freight transportation for both eBay sellers and buyers. The reason why is simple. We make shipping easy.

FreightCenter partners with hundreds of leading LTL freight and truckload freight shipping partners around the U.S., including regional carriers and national carriers. These carriers compete head-to-head for your business on FreightCenter’s free online freight quote tool that enables eBay shippers to compare and calculate freight shipping costs, and approximate in-transit times. The best part of the freight rate calculator is that it is free to use and there is no obligation to ship.

Sellers with the Best Shipping Rates Sell the Most Items

When you post an item on eBay for sale that requires freight shipping be sure to include our freight rate calculator. An accurate quote will require the origin and delivery zip/postal code, the dimensions and weight of the freight as well as the freight class.

eBay freight shipping options may look different now, but FreightCenter is still here to help you close deals and save your customers money on shipping freight.

Shipping your eBay sales via common parcel carriers like UPS, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), or FedEx can be very complicated and confusing. When your item is larger or heavier than any of these carriers will allow, the parcel carrier can surprise you with a bunch of hidden fees and or refuse to ship your item.

Most of the time eBay freight shipments are LTL, or Less Than Load shipments. An LTL shipment means that they are too large or heavy to be sent with a parcel carrier but yet too small to put it on a dedicated truck.

Freight Vs Parcel for eBay Sellers and Buyers

You’ll find that you’ll pay rather more (in some cases a lot more) to ship items freight than even only slightly smaller or lighter items that aren’t classified as freight. This is because often has many fewer touches and is transported in a more direct fashion to its destination.

eBay Freight Shipping

eBay Freight Shipments require adequate packing.  

If you are an eBay seller be sure to calculate the cost of safety packing and preparing the item for freight into your shipping cost to the buyers. In short, your packaging will need to be packed really well and also be protected against the road vibration of a freight truck. Most damage happens to ebay seller shipments because they failed to safely prepare their load to be transported on a freight truck. Unlike parcels moving through a warehouse on conveyor belts, freight shipments are often moved by forklift and may switch trucks dozens of times en route to a destination.

Freight requires the receiver to be there to sign for the shipment.

Freight shipments often require a pickup and/or delivery to or from freight terminals if the destination has limitations or cannot accommodate a large 52ft semi-truck and trailer. Because shipping freight represents such a different experience from standard small parcel shipping, it’s important to be able to identify which items you are selling on eBay that will require a freight truck before you list them for sale. Never expect your buyer to be aware of the size restrictions between a parcel shipment and a freight shipment.

Identifying “Freight” Packages

Without getting into numbers, the rule of thumb is that if the item is too large or too heavy to be lifted and carried by the average adult without serious trouble, it’s probably a freight package. In practice, the standards at the “big three” carriers (UPS, USPS, FedEx) for classifying a package as freight when shipping via their most basic service are as follows:​

United States Postal Service (USPS) Shipping Requirements

Larger than 130 inches combined length and girth (measurement around the outside of the box plus the measurement of its longest side in the other direction), and/or heavier than 70 pounds.

United Parcel Service (UPS) Shipping Requirements

Larger than 165 inches in combined length and girth and/or heavier than 150 pounds.

Federal Express parcel(FedEx) Shipping Requirements

Larger than 165 inches in combined length and girth and/or heavier than 150 pounds.

Many household and furniture items (chairs, desks, etc.), as well as a variety of auto and truck parts and industrial tools and equipment, will run afoul of these standards and thus be classified as freight shipments. Be sure to state very clearly the necessity for freight shipping arrangements in any auction involving items that will have to be shipped freight, and to make clear who will be responsible for making such arrangements

Packaging for eBay Freight Shipments

  • After you put your item in a box or crate make sure the item can be picked up by a forklift. This is often best done by placing the item on a shipping pallet. If your item is not boxed or crated and is simply sitting on a pallet make sure you wrap your item in plastic wrap to prevent it from getting damaged due to the elements and also from the dirt and grease from the freight terminal and other warehouse messes.
  • Protect the sides in thick styrofoam or reinforced cardboard, or even wooden crating if necessary.
  • Just like you would label a parcel shipment, make sure you label your freight shipment. This ensures that if the shipping paperwork gets separated from your item, the carrier still knows where to deliver the load to.

Note that in many cases freight shippers will refuse to accept items that they feel won’t survive the crush of the hydraulic lift or the arms of a forklift. If this is the case, don’t get angry—simply do a better job packing. They’re working to protect your item and transaction!

Making Your eBay Freight Shipment Arrangements

If you want to save money on shipping your eBay item, you can attempt to organize your own freight shipment through directly.

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