Freight companies offer several options, including less than truckload freight (LTL), truckload freight (TL), and expedited freight services. Using a freight forwarder, you can even ship freight internationally.
It's important to properly list your items for the most accurate bid. Measurements are very important when it comes to shipping freight. In order to determine what kind of freight service you need, first measure your freight shipment. List the number, size and weight of the individual units. Pallets, drums, crates and boxes are all commonly shipped by carriers and can be used to better describe your load as well. Lastly, if you know your freight class and load density be sure to include that information. Include any special requirements your shipment may have, such as the handling of your freight or permits needed.
Whether you choose to list your freight shipment for bids in our marketplace or book an instant quote, having a detailed listing will earn you a more accurate shipping price every time.
Next, you'll need to choose a freight carrier or a freight broker. Make sure to check their authority, insurance and references. Use their Carrier Profile to review their transport history, customer reviews, and authority. To make sure you get the best freight shipping experience you will want to compare both prices and Carrier Profiles.
Once your carrier has provided a freight quote or bid, ask about their cargo insurance. Your transporter should be able to provide you with written proof of insurance that details your shipment's coverage. Make sure you obtain this document prior to shipment.
We also recommend that you obtain your own third-party insurance coverage for added protection. Visit the uShip Cargo Insurance page for more information on this. If cost is a concern, use our tips to save money on your freight shipment.
Before your carrier arrives, you'll need to prepare your freight for shipment. Make sure to follow your freight carrier's instructions very carefully in order to protect your shipment from damage and avoid surcharges. Here are some best practices:
If your item is too large or heavy to use parcel shipping, consider commercial freight shipping. Shipments that exceed the size and weight limits for parcel shipping services can be shipped affordably as freight. Take a look at our cost to ship freight page for some insight on how the freight shipping process works with uShip.