Utilizing the Best Shipping Methods for your Freight 

Freight is shipped by a variety of modes and methods. FreightCenter can help you decide which of the following types of transportation and freight services will best fit your needs.

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LTL Less Than Truckload Freight Shipping Truck Infographic


By far the most popular type of freight shipment, LTL freight is generally shipped by truck to and from your pickup and destination locations. LTL freight is the most cost-effective, reliable and timely service because your shipment shares a truck with other LTL freight shipments.

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TL Full Truckload Freight Shipping Truck Infographic


If your freight type requires a full, dedicated truck than it most likely requires truckload transportation. This service is ideal for commodities that are unpackaged or may require refrigeration, climate control, flatbeds or other special accommodation for oversize or overweight shipments. Truckload freight is not the least expensive transportation option, but it can be much faster than LTL freight because it requires no truck transfers (e.g., unloading and reloading of your shipment).

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Cargo Airplane Air Freight Shipping Infographic


Air freight services are by far have the fastest transit time. Cargo airlines or air freight carriers are dedicated to handling logistics for the transport of cargo. Specifically, for the shipping of smaller packages, types of air freight usually have a higher density, which means they don’t take up much space on a cargo plane but they do meet the weight requirements to be considered freight. If the package weighs more than 100 pounds and is tightly packed, air freight transportation can be more cost-effective than LTL freight methods.

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Rail Train Intermodal Freight Shipping Infographic

Rail Freight

Shipping by rail is a cost-effective, efficient and green transportation method. Widely used as a method of shipping bulk construction or hazardous materials, rail freight can save you time and money compared to shipping by truck. With railroad systems throughout the United States and Canada, our extensive network of rail freight carriers can deliver your cargo to most places in North America.

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Expedited Freight Shipping Rush Delivery Service Infographic

Expedited Freight Services

Expedited freight is predictable because it allows different types of freight to be moved at a very high speed. Although not the same as “Guaranteed Delivery,” expedited freight has a speedy transit time and is usually arranged with delivery between one and five days after pickup.

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Partial Truckload Freight Shipping Truck Infographic

Partial Truckload

Different from LTL freight, this type of freight involves a dedicated truck that moves fewer loads at one time and handles all types of commodities; including refrigerated, temperature-controlled, hazardous material and overweight or oversized goods. Partial truckloads are reserved for medium-size loads that are booked by volume or require running feet of a truck.

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Air Ride Suspension Fragile Freight Shipping Infographic

Air Ride Truckload (Full or Partial)

If your shipment is delicate or has a high risk of damage, then a dedicated truck with air-ride suspension is the most preferred method of transportation. For this type of freight, air ride provides a softer ride than a standard freight truck. Because this type of service is used less frequently it can often be more expensive than a standard full or partial truckload shipment.

Blanket Wrap Van Move Freight Shipping Infographic

Blanket Wrap or Van Move

Another method of shipping freight that cannot be boxed, palletized, or crated is to request blanket wrap or van move services. A perfect solution for large pieces of furniture that cannot be repackaged, blanket wrapping and van moves are slightly more expensive than basic LTL freight shipping. Since both services require more specialized planning a slower transit time is inevitable. Although a slower method, you can rest assured that your goods will be handled with care.

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International Freight Shipping Cargo Ship Ocean Infographic

International Shipping

Through our network of freight forwarders and ocean or air transporters, FreightCenter agents can arrange international container transportation to and from most parts of the world. Whether you have smaller, dense packages or a shipment that can be moved by container or boat, we have solutions to keep your imports and exports moving. Similar to the differences between LTL and truckload freight, there are different types of shipping loads for container shipping, which is separated by full container loads (FCL) and less than container loads (LCL).

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Guaranteed Delivery Freight Shipping Service Infographic

Guaranteed Delivery Freight Services

If the type of freight you are shipping requires it to be delivered on a certain date and time, then guaranteed delivery is your best option. If the delivery is late, you will be reimbursed for the difference between the guaranteed price and the standard or nonguaranteed rate.

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