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Freight Weight Estimates

Weight estimates should only be calculated using density or by knowing your freight classification. A FreightCenter agent can help determine this for you.

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How to Get Freight Weight Right

Freight costs are largely dependent on the weight or density of the shipment. Depending on the carrier they may prefer billing according to weight, density or which ever is higher. It’s very important that the weight and dimensions you list in the FreightCenter quote form are correct or you can get hit with costly billing adjustments. What are Billing Adjustments? Carriers complete freight audits of most shipments once they make it to the freight terminal. Billing adjustments are charged to the customer if there are any discrepancies between what is listed on the Bill of Lading (BOL) and what is found in the audit. You should always avoid guessing the weight of your shipment. Here’s some tips on how to get the most accurate freight weight estimate.

Get a Weight Certificate

The best way to ensure that you have the most accurate weight is to take your shipment to a facility with a freight scale where you can obtain a weight certificate. It’s always a great idea to obtain and keep a record of your weight certificate for every shipment in case there are any discrepancies that come up. If you don’t have access to a freight scale, but your shipment can be broken down into smaller pieces, weigh each piece using a bathroom scale and add it all together with the weight of your packaging material. Do not guess at the weight or use a figure lower than what shows on the scale.

Use the Manufacturer’s Specs

If you’re shipping a new, packaged item there’s most likely manufacturer specifications with it. These will list the most accurate weights and dimensions. Make sure to include any additional packaging materials in the total weight. If you can’t find the specs for your specific item, try looking for a similar item and just estimate a little higher as a buffer for discrepancies. If you can’t find specs for a similar item, reach out to a freight expert who has experience booking the kind of freight you’re shipping. FreightCenter has a large staff of freight experts who can be reached at 800.716.7608.

Estimating Weight Through Density

Like mentioned above, density is oftentimes used to determine the cost of transporting freight. This is because freight class is dependent on density. Density is calculated using the dimensions of your shipment to determine an estimated weight per cubic feet. Check out our density calculator here. Do you have everything you need to provide an accurate freight weight estimate? Then you’re ready to start quoting! Get a free instant freight quote here.
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