The Best Way to Make Shipping Printers Easy and Affordable
Shipping printers–especially commercial grade printers, copiers and plotters–is a heavy job. Standard parcel carriers (such as USPS) can’t handle any item that weighs more than 150 lb. or doesn’t meet dimension requirements. For commercial printing equipment, shipping by freight is the answer.
How to Package Commercial Printing Products for Freight Shipping
Make sure you secure all loose pieces with masking tape and use shrink wrap or paper to cover any plastic pieces from getting easily scratched. Secure any casters that will allow the unit to roll.
Unless you are shipping enough pieces to require a full truckload (TL), your shipment will be classified as less-than-truckload (LTL). LTL shipments are consolidated onto one truck with loads from other shippers, thereby saving all the shippers money. However, this means you must package your machinery so that it will easily withstand any minor impact with another shipment that might occur in transit.
We recommend using one of these two techniques to protect your shipment.
- Band your shipment to a pallet and shrink wrap it to add additional security. Protective shipping blankets are also advised.
- Crating your shipment,will provide the best protection.
How Much Will It Cost to Ship a Printer?
If you are no more than an occasional shipper, major freight carriers will not be interested in your business unless you pay full rate card. Because FreightCenter books so much shipping, we receive very deep discounts from carriers and pass savings on to our customers. Typically, FreightCenter customers receive discounts of 25%, 50%, 75% or more versus the cost of shipping directly through the carrier.
How to Compare Freight Shippings Costs From Trusted Carriers When Shipping Printers
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.
Costs vary depending on the carrier, place of origin, destination, dimensions, etc. Once you’ve prepared your printer to ship, it will be easy to determine how much shipping will cost with our free quote comparison tool. You will need to enter the following information:
- Originating and destination zip codes.
- Packaged weight
- Dimensions of the package
- NMFC (freight class) – if you don’t know the freight class, select NO and click the “Get my quotes” button
In a matter of seconds you will receive quotes from leading carriers who want to carry your shipment, as well as estimates on the transit time for each carrier. Select the carrier of your choice to save your quote. If you’re ready to move forward, book your shipment online.
What if You Need Help?
FreightCenter’s team of shipping experts is ready to help you at each step along the way.
- Making sure you select the right carrier for your needs
- Verifying that all information is correct
- Double-checking for any additional charges that might be required if the carrier will face limited access or other special circumstances