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.
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.
LTL freight shipping to a tradeshow requires a lot of planning. The carrier generally has a very limited window for pick up or delivery to the tradeshow location and the drop off or pick up process is long because many trucks are moving in and out of a limited space. This extra time adds to the cost of the shipment, our goal is to minimize that increase. We have LTL freight shipped to several tradeshows and are able to use our experience to make LTL freight shipping to a tradeshow run as smoothly and inexpensively as possible.
How to make LTL freight shipping even easier:
- All LTL freight shipping to tradeshows is shipped at freight class 125.
- Have a contact name and phone number at the tradeshow and communicate with that contact throughout the LTL freight shipping process.
- Always give your LTL freight quote specialist any reference numbers, delivery information, and dock numbers you may have. It may seem like a lot of information but with trade show shipments the more information we have the more likely your LTL freight will arrive on time and hassle free.
- Book your shipment in advance! Book with us at least one day before pick-up and if your freight is going across the country add an extra day of transit time, in case something happens on the road. Or you can get a guaranteed LTL freight shipment .
- Give the carrier any required documentation for pick-up or delivery at the tradeshow. Always keep a copy of these documents for yourself.
- Properly package your LTL freight to avoid having damaged LTL freight arrive at the tradeshow.
I know you’re probably thinking “Tradeshows seem like a lot of work, is this really worth my time and money?” Well I think so! A trade show is a great way to network with other individuals in your industry, find new business, or learn about your competitors. Next time your business is considering a going to a tradeshow, contact one of our LTL freight quote specialists and we would be happy to help you.
This document derives its name from the verb “lade” which means to load cargo onto a ship, today this term extends to all forms of transportation. A bill of lading is a document issued by the carrier or freight forwarder to the consignor(the shipper of the goods) as a signed acknowledgement that the specified goods have been received as cargo for shipment to the consignee(the party receiving the goods). It serves as evidence that a carriage contract exists between two parties for the carriage of the named goods to and from the named locations. A bill of lading is considered “clean” if the goods have been received and stowed for transport in good condition.
What information must be on a bill of lading?
Bills of lading issued by a carrier or freight forwarder must include the following:
1. Names of consignor and consignee (Business and contact names when applicable)
2. Physical address of origin and destination points
3. Number of pallets, crates, boxes, etc.
4. Freight description
5. Weight, volume, or measurement of freight
6. Freight class
CheapShipping.com bill of ladings also include:
1. Special shipping instructions (i.e.: reference numbers required at pick up, or hours of operation at either location)
2. Accessorials- Any extra services provided by the carrier (i.e.: lift gate service or residential delivery)
3. The phone numbers for the carrier’s terminals at the origin and destination
4. Third- party billing information
Why is it important to use the CheapShipping.com bill of lading?
There are two main reasons why it is important to use the bill of lading CheapShipping.com provides our customers:
1. This will insure that CheapShipping.com is billed for the shipment.
2. Using the issued bill of lading will eliminate confusion for the carrier and shipper by confirming the correct shipment is being shipped by the correct carrier to the correct destination.
Sometimes shippers create their own bill of lading, which causes confusion for all parties involved. Using the bill of lading we send you will save time and money. We generate the document and all you have to do is print it and hand it to the carrier at pick-up!