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.
How to Get Freight Weight Right
Freight costs are mainly dependent on the weight or density of the shipment. Depending on the carrier, they may prefer billing according to weight, density, or whichever is higher. It’s essential 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 reach the freight terminal. Billing adjustments are charged to the customer if there are 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 are 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 get and keep a record of your weight certificate for every shipment in case any discrepancies 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 is shown on the scale.
Use the Manufacturer’s Specs
If you’re shipping a new, packaged item, there are 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 estimate a little higher as a buffer for discrepancies. If you can’t find specs for a similar item, contact a freight expert with 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
As mentioned above, density is often used to determine the freight cost. 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 foot. 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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