Never shipped LTL freight before? Not to worry, most of our customers are new to shipping! That’s why our LTL freight quote specialists pride themselves in knowing as much as possible about LTL freight so that we can provide you with the best quote possible.
To get the most accurate LTL freight quote you will need to know the following information:
- The pickup zip code
- The delivery zip code
- The product being LTL freight shipped
- The weight of the LTL freight shipment
- The dimensions and piece count of the shipment
- Is there a dock or a fork lift at pickup and delivery
- Are the pickup and delivery locations both businesses
Here are a few questions to ask the pickup and delivery locations before you schedule your LTL freight shipment
- Can a 53’ trailer fit in each location?
- Does the LTL freight carrier need to schedule a pickup and/or delivery appoint met at either location?
- Are there pickup or invoice numbers LTL Freight should ask the driver to reference when he arrives to pickup your LTL freight shipment?
Please contact our LTL freight quote specialist when you are ready to get a quote for your next LTL shipment.
LTL Freight Shipping in Winter Weather!
The winter months are a busy time of year for many of our LTL Freight Customers!
Here are a few Things to remember when shipping LTL freight during the winter:
1. Plan ahead- Snow and ice can lead to delayed transit of your shipment. If you can’t drive your car on the road, our LTL freight carriers’ trucks can’t drive either! During the winter LTL freight shipping terminals close when the weather is bad and LTL freight shipments get stuck sitting in a warehouse until the roads clear up.
2.Can your shipment freeze?—If you are shipping anything that is at risk of damage in low temperatures you will need to insulate it or hold off on LTL freight shipping until the weather warms up. Our LTL freight carriers do not have temperature controlled trailers so expect your shipment to get as cold as the air outside. Here are some items that may be affected:
a. Chemicals- We have a customer that ships paints and other chemicals on a weekly basis, during the winter months this LTL freight shipper has to ship using temperature controlled trailers.
b. Food product
c. Equipment with small moving pieces- These moving parts can lock-up and freeze which may damage the machine.
We have a staff of LTL freight quote experts that will be able to answer any questions you might have about LTL freight shipping during the winter months. You may also want to ask the manufacturer of your LTL freight shipment to find out its freezing temperature.
Many of our customers at CheapShipping.com purchase their LTL freight in online auctions, from sites like Ebay or liquidation centers. These shipments require only a little more planning than the shipment going from one business to another.
Here are some things to think about when setting up your LTL pick up from an online auction:
- Make sure you know the weight and dimensions of the item you are purchasing. Without this information our quote specialists will not be able to get you the most accurate rate.
- Will a pickup number be required for the driver to pick up the freight?
- When you are ready to schedule your pickup make sure you have the seller’s name, business name and phone number. The driver may need to contact the pickup location to make an appointment or get directions.
If you have purchased something large online, LTL freight shipping is an excellent and inexpensive way to ship your new purchase. Please contact us to get an LTL freight shipping quote on your LTL freight shipment our team will ensure you get an accurate LTL freight quote and your LTL freight shipment runs smoothly!
LTL freight shipping a motorcycle is a low cost way to move your motorcycle; however it does require a little more effort than with a specialized motorcycle carrier. Your motorcycle will need to be crated and drained of all fluids.
Things to know about LTL freight shipping a motorcycle:
- You must crate your motorcycle
- You must drain your motorcycle of all the fluids
- It’s a good idea to make sure your motorcycle is strapped down so that it will not move within the crate during transit.
We have had customers that LTL freight ship their motorcycles to bike shows or for long distance moves. Shipping a bike to a show involves a little bit of planning; shows frequently have small windows of time for our drivers to bring their trucks in and out of the area. We have a team of people who have experience doing this and with a few days of notice we can coordinate this to run as smoothly as possible.
The LTL freight class of a motorcycle is based on its density and can be LTL freight class 100 or LTL freight class 150. In order to give the most accurate LTL freight quote we will need to have the dimensions of the crate we are LTL freight shipping and the weight of your LTL freight shipment so that we can find the density and class of you LTL freight shipment. If you are shipping motorcycle please contact one of our LTL freight quote specialist and they will make sure your shipment runs as smoothly as possible.
Many furniture companies LTL freight ship their products around the United States. We have several customers that LTL freight ship different types of chairs. One of our customers LTL freight ships folding chairs on a weekly basis around the country. These types of chairs are LTL freight class 85. They are generally packaged in the folded position in stacks about 5 feet high on a pallet. This shipper knows the importance of properly securing his chairs to the pallet so that they don’t get damaged.
Another customer ships wooden chairs. His LTL freight shipments are classed based on their density. The goal with any density based shipment is to get the most weight in the smallest possible area without risking damage. The heavier the LTL freight shipment is per square foot the lower the LTL freight class will be. This could potentially lower your LTL freight shipping cost. This shipper is experienced in packaging his shipments so that he gets the best rate he can each time he uses his CheapShipping.com account.
When shipping chairs consider the way you are packaging them. A carrier will not pick up chairs that are stacked more that 5 or 6 feet tall. They will not pick up loose chairs. When you are palletizing your LTL freight shipments make sure to attach the chairs well to the pallet. If the chairs can move around on the skid you risk damage and the carrier may not ship your LTL freight to begin with.
If you have any questions about packaging or LTL freight classification contact our LTL freight quote specialists and they would be more than happy to assist you.