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.

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.