Measuring Freight for Transport
Sometimes heavy and large items can be moved by traditional transport services. Other times, it may be cheaper to package them and send them as freight. The best value and service for smaller items is standard shipping through transport companies. Shipments of larger size and weight will benefit from alternative options that are more cost effective, such as freight transport. If you list your shipment on uShip, movers or freight transporters that are capable of moving your load will bid competitively. You will be able to choose among their bids based on service offered, packaging requirements, price, and feedback of service providers.
Listing your shipment on uShip will require that you enter certain measurements for less-than-truckload freight. Having accurate measurements will attract qualified bidders to your listing. It will also ensure they are capable of hauling your load and help them accurately price your shipment.
- Length: Measure the longest side of your package, rounding to the nearest inch.
- Height: From the bottom-most to top-most point on your shipment when the item is right-side-up, rounding to the nearest inch.
- Weight: Standard domestic measure is in pounds.
- Girth: Measure the width of your package and multiply by two. Add this to the height of your package multiplied by two. (2W + 2H = Girth)
- Cubic Size: Length x Width x Height
- Dimensional Weight: When the actual weight of the shipment is disproportionately low compared to the size of the shipment, dimensional weight can be used to better price the shipment. For example, the “weight” for shipping a box full of ping-pong balls would be based on dimensional weight instead of actual weight. To calculate dimensional weight, divide cubic size by 194 (166 for international freight shipments). Cubic size is length x width x height.