freight shipping guide

Open an Account

Even if you are only planning to ship freight once, it is worthwhile to open an account with your freight hauler. Most carriers offer discounted shipping and flexible payment terms to account holders.

Ask for Discounts

Many freight carriers give discounts when asked, especially for LTL freight. These discounts range for 10 to 60 percent, so don’t be shy.

If you are planning to ship freight frequently, you may want to join a professional organization that offers discounted freight services to their members. See if you are already qualified for freight discounts through these or other affiliations.

Don’t pay for services you do not need. For example, try to avoid overnight freight. There is a significant premium for expedited freight, so plan your shipments in advance.
Also, be prepared for your freight hauler. Most carriers will charge a return fee if your shipment is not ready at the agreed time of pickup or if you are not available for pickup. Avoid superfluous charges and fees by being ready ahead of time.

Combine Service Types

If you have several small packages going to the same region, each with different delivery points, consider combining freight shipping with standard parcel shipping. You can ship the packages as freight to a centrally located hub in your delivery region, then have a standard parcel shipping company pick up the packages and deliver them to their individual locations. Combining these services can offer significant savings over shipping individual parcels over a long distance. You can also combine TL and LTL shipping in a similar way to save.

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Only Pay for What You Need

Don’t pay for services you do not need. For example, try to avoid overnight freight. There is a significant premium for expedited freight, so plan your shipments in advance. Also, be prepared for your freight hauler.

Most carriers will charge a return fee if your shipment is not ready at the agreed time of pickup or if you are not available for pickup. Avoid superfluous charges and fees by being ready ahead of time.

Combine Service Types

If you have several small packages going to the same region, each with different delivery points, consider combining freight shipping with standard parcel shipping. You can ship the packages as freight to a centrally located hub in your delivery region, then have a standard parcel shipping company pick up the packages and deliver them to their individual locations. Combining these services can offer significant savings over shipping individual parcels over a long distance. You can also combine TL and LTL shipping in a similar way to save.

 

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Charles Myers

General Manager, Freight Division at uShip.com
Charlie Myers has been in the transport, freight and supply chain since the early 1970’s. He is currently the general manager of uShip freight, where he oversees uShip’s commercial freight initiatives. Before joining uShip. Myers was director of international business development with England Logistics. Myers has also spent six years as president of Getloaded.com and served four years on the Board of Directors at the Transporation Intermediaries Association (TIA). Charlie has also served on the Board of the International Refrigerated Transport Association (IRTA). Myers also worked for 30 years in various roles with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the Department of Defense’s largest logistics combat support agency and the Interstate Commerce Commission. He is a published writer in the logistics and supply chain field, including two books.

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