SHIPPING MADE EASY
On the list of the top 10 most stressful things, moving household goods has got to be at the top, especially when moving cross-country or even internationally. We get it. Freight shipping can seem confusing and overwhelming. What’s a freight class, Bill of Lading (BOL), or LTL?
FIRST THINGS FIRST: WHAT ARE YOU SHIPPING?
What’ve you got on your hands: freight or parcel? And how can you tell? If your shipment is:
- over 150 pounds
- more than 108 inches in length
- more than 165 inches in both length and girth combined
… you’re shipping freight. The standard services offered by the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and Federal Express can’t help you here—but FreightCenter can!
To calculate girth:
- Measure the width of the package, multiply this number by two.
- Measure the height of the package, multiply this number by two.
- Add these two numbers together. This is your girth.
- Now, add your length + girth to see if the total is under 165 inches.
RESIDENTIAL SHIPPING: WHAT ELSE SHOULD YOU KNOW?
There are residential delivery fees that apply when shipping freight to a primarily non-commercial (residential) location. Carriers define locations according to their zones:
- A commercially zoned business typically opens and closes to the general public at set times each day. However, if your business is located in a primarily residential location, it may be zoned that way.
- Residential and at-home business shipments tend to cost more, because residentially zoned locations are not typically freight truck-friendly. This includes apartments, residences, farms, estates, remote locations, and possibly even schools and churches.
The cost to ship can also change when delivering to a limited access location (i.e., construction sites, military bases, camps, and storage facilities). To avoid unexpected billing adjustments, be sure to ask your FreightCenter agent if your location would fall into one of the above categories.
To avoid a billing adjustment ensure the following are all correct on your BOL and delivery receipt.
- Number of items being shipped
- Total weight of all items
- The dimensions and total cubic feet (total space required)
- Description of shipment is correct (freight class)
- Services requested are all listed