Shipping is often the last thing people think about but can be the most crucial decision you make when preparing for a move or shipping business products. It can lead to costly delays if left to the last minute, which is why it pays to put a little time into finding the right option.
Shipping Freight For The First Time
If you’re shipping freight for the first time, start with the basics to get a handle on terminology. Then work your way to expert advice to get helpful pointers from freight professionals and learn how to navigate the process. It’s never a bad idea to get familiar with freight shipping basics, so you better understand the process. Click To Tweet
Determine Freight Class
Freight classes are defined by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) and fall between 60 (least expensive) and 400(most expensive). Freight class is based on weight, length, and height, ease of handling, density, value and liability, damage, fragility and spoilage.
Improper packaging can result in damage or loss, as well as unhappy customers. Using proper packaging techniques can save you time and money in the long run. Most freight shipments require palletizing, crate shipping or a combination of the 2.
Find a Carrier
There are many factors to consider when choosing a freight carrier. One of the first factors should be what type of freight you’ll be shipping. Different carriers specialize in different types of freight. Be sure to check reviews, and make sure the carrier you choose offers tracking, insurance, and competitive pricing.
Working With a Shipping Broker
Freight shipping has many moving parts that you need to be familiar with in order to ship without help. If you’re like most business owners, you don’t have a lot of time to spend researching shipping methods, carriers and options. If that’s the case, working with a shipping management service can take the burden off you, and provide guidance and expertise.
Finding the Right Option
Finding the best option for shipping should not only be an economic decision, but one that will give you the best results. A very inexpensive carrier might not be fast enough, or could be fast, but inconsistent. Weigh your options and make sure you find a balance between economics and efficiency.
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