Setting up a freight shipment for the first time in your life? Or maybe you want to learn more about how to ship freight successfully and stress-free? Stay tuned, because in this article we will share with you some of the handiest and most useful tips on shipping freight.
Of course, the most important initial step of the entire freight shipment process is making sure you are providing the most accurate and detailed freight information which will save you a lot of nerves, energy, time, and headache for sure. One of the most important details about freight is correctly quoting the dimensions of the freight, including its length, height, and weight. Once the company you are hiring to ship the freight is familiar with all the dimensions of the freight you want to ship, they will easily and quickly be able to precalculate and predetermine the number of individual loads for a specific truck or another type of vehicle used for shipping he freight. Respectively, if you don’t provide accurate dimensions and information about the freight you want to ship, this will result in an adjustment from the carrier company and you will lose precious time and find yourself paying more.
You should be aware that all items and goods that are exceptionally heavy or large will most probably be a subject of higher freight rates than usual. Since freight shipping rates are mainly calculated based on the dimensions of the shipment, you can expect that heavier and larger shipments will cost more. Therefore, always make sure to provide the carrier company with the correct dimensions of the freight so the company is able to predetermine the cost of the service and, if possible, provide you with a special discount offer.
Freight in transit can sometimes get damaged, especially if the items are prone to breaking and other types of damage. You definitely want to prevent that and ensure your freight is going to be delivered the way you have sent it. Therefore, you should ensure that you are safeguarding your freight with care and the right type of packaging that best suits the items and ensures they are protected from potential issues and damages. It is important to crate or palletize your freight.
Every country you are sending freight to and even sometimes different parts and regions of the country will most probably have their specific requirements for freight and freight shipment/delivery. Therefore, before you send the freight, make sure you have checked out these specific requirements of the location you are sending freight to and also be prepared to provide detailed information about the origin and destination locations require to the carrier company. In addition, carriers need to know more detailed information about the pickup and delivery from and to loading desks. Make sure you know if shipping points have loading docks or liftgates are required instead. Also, make sure to check if you need to arrange an appointment beforehand.