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Determining Cost of Shipping

Determining Cost of Shipping

Determining cost of shipping is easy with FreightCenter. Compare rates up to 95% off today and consolidate your transportation needs with us.

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Compare Shipping Rates & Save Up to 95%

FreightCenter is where top freight carriers compete for your business. To make that competition as easy and transparent as possible, FreightCenter developed a proprietary tool that enables you to compare rates and estimated transit times from numerous carriers in almost no time at all.

  • Simply go to our instant freight rate tool and enter the pertinent dimensions, weight, relevant zip codes and freight class (if you know it).
  • 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 shipping expert will review your shipment and check for accuracy.

There is no easier way to calculate freight charges.

Because FreightCenter is a major shipper, we receive significant discounts from our network of carriers. Those discounts are reflected in the rates quoted in the freight rate tool. Typically, FreightCenter customers save 25%, 50%, 75%, or more – up to 95% – versus the cost of booking directly through the carrier.

Need help? Call FreightCenter at 800.716.7608 and ask one of our in-house shipping experts to run the quote for you. They will be able to help you with all the details of your transaction and will generate all the necessary paperwork.

Giving you two options to calculate freight cost is just one of the ways FreightCenter makes freight shipping easy and affordable. If you’d like to get into the nitty-gritty of how freight costs are determined, read on. Just looking to get the best rates and great service? Run your instant quote now.

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Our mission is to meet and exceed customer expectations in all that we do. We take care of freight shipping from pickup to delivery. Excellent customer service is our hallmark, and it goes a long way in building a relationship of trust. When customers select FreightCenter to handle their freight shipment, they trust us to do the job right.

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Cost of Shipping Factors

Freight rates are determined by a number of factors. As you would expect, weight is one of them. However, size also impacts on the price. As does the distance traveled and the points of both pickup and delivery. What you ship (commodity) will also cause the rate to change.

One of our freight agents will work with you to help you identify the correct class and NMFC code for your shipment. This information and an understanding of your service needs will help him identify the best method of shipping your freight.

Providing accurate information about your freight’s description, size, and weight will help your agent determine the best and most economical method of transporting your freight.

The following information is provided to help you better understand how freight rates are determined.

FreightCenter has accounts set up with regional and national carriers based on our ability to give them a large volume of shipments. To ensure that you receive the FreightCenter rate that we have quoted, you must provide the driver with a copy of the FreightCenter bill of lading or BOL. This lets the carrier know to bill the shipment on the FreightCenter account at the discounts we have negotiated.

As the shipper you have agreed to pay for “all services as actual provided”. Please review the following to ensure everything on your BOL is correct. If it is not, you should contact your freight agent immediately to obtain a re-quote and new BOL.

When reviewing your BOL be sure to check the following:

  • Number of items being shipped is correct
  • Total weight of all items is correct
  • The dimensions and total cubic feet (space required) is correct
  • Description of shipment is correct
  • Freight Class must be correct
  • NMFC number is correct
  • Services requested are all listed

If all the information is correct, the charge quoted to you will also be correct. However, if your shipment’s weight, sizes, item description (class), or services provided prove to be different (greater) than shown, your account will be charged for “all services as actually provided.”

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FAQ For Determining Cost of Shipping

Q. How is freight class determined and why is it important?


Freight class is determined based on the shipment’s weight, dimensions, density, stowability, handling, and liability. It is important because it helps standardize pricing across the industry and ensures that shippers are charged fairly based on the characteristics of their shipments.

Q. Can shipping rates vary between carriers?


Yes, shipping rates can vary between carriers depending on their pricing structure, network, and service levels. FreightCenter compares quotes from multiple carriers to find the best rate for your needs.

Q. What are the implications of shipping fragile items?


Shipping fragile items may require additional insurance and special handling, increasing the overall shipping costs. Ensuring proper measures and secure packaging can help prevent damage or loss.

Q. How can I get an accurate freight shipping quote?


To get an accurate freight quote, input all the details of your shipment, including dimensions, weight origin, destination, and any special handling.