Freight shipping is more popular this time of year thanks to eager consumers waiting on products and stores ordering higher amounts to meet the demand. Freight shipping is a relatively easy process, but if you do some preparation beforehand it can go even more smoothly.
Make Sure Your Information is Accurate
First, you should check to make sure that all of your freight shipping information is completely accurate. Even small errors can lead to big ones when they are multiplied by a large number of boxes. LTL freight carriers need accurate freight dimensions to make sure that trucks are properly filled. Providing improper freight measurements means an adjustment (and potential fines or delayed shipping). Accurate information on your end will lead to accurate shipping time estimates and accurate shipping quotes.
Be Careful with Large or Heavy Items
Next, you should check through your cargo to see if you are shipping any oversized, big, or heavy items. Any large items that need more space in the truck as a result of their size, weight, or shape, will cost much more to ship. All freight shipping rates are made based on how big and heavy the item is, so you should keep this in mind when determining what to ship and how to ship it.
Ensuring that your cargo gets to its destination on time and in one piece means protecting it carefully. You should always carefully crate or palletize any large freight shipments so that they can be handled normally and reach the destination safely. Even if you cannot pack or palletize your shipments, work with the freight shipper to determine how to adjust so that everything fits properly.
Know the Rules
Finally, give yourself a refresher on the rules for freight shipping. Familiarize yourself with any of the steps in the process or restrictions that you aren’t totally sure about. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your freight shipper for additional advice.
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