Avoid Common LTL pitfalls

May 15, 2020

Here is a list of what your company should be aware of when you ship LTL Freight.

  1. Your quotes may not be valid if your shipment takes 8 linear feet or more. Make sure you receive a ‘spot quote’ from a shipping partner like The Shipping Emporium rather than an online based automated quote. (Or if we have an online rate for you please have us double check that it is valid based on the number of pallets, their size (l x w x ht) and weight each pallet.
  • Packaging.  If you are the buyer and picking up at a vendor’s dock, require pictures of your wrapped and bound and palatalized freight. Ask them for the correct dimensions (l x w x ht) number of pallets, and if the skids are stack-able or non. There is nothing more heart-breaking than sending a 26-foot box truck only to find out that your manufacturer has decided to non-stack your skids, after they said that you could. Then you would have to send in a NEW 52-foot dry van causing further delays and cost to you.
  • Pictures. It is a good idea for your shipper to take pictures and to show a tape measure, if possible, for your shipments size (length x width x height). There can be billing issues later and if you can provide this information then you can be ensured that you can win a billing dispute. Also, in the event of a claim you will fare better through a Carrier claim with pictures taken right before loading.
  • Transit Times. If you expect that you need and LTL shipment guaranteed by a certain date, you could save money by going with Standard LTL vs “Time Critical”. The latter will put the guaranteed delivery date and time while the Standard LTL service is an estimated transit time. Time Critical shipping is given higher priority. There are times when you can save more time and aggravation by upgrading to time- critical on your LTL. Just ask us if there are options for time critical for you!

For more information Call the Shipping Emporium to find out which TL or LTL shipping will work best for you.

Please contact us any time if you need a Freight Quote.

Thank you for your business!

Jane Barnett- JSB Enterprises LLC d/b/a The Shipping Emporium

(703) 304 8170

(434) 990-4144

Ruckersville/ Barboursville, VA 22968

(703) 304 8170

(434) 990-4144

Member: TIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association

CALL US at 703-304-8170 or 434 990 4144


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