Here is a list of what your company should be aware of when you ship LTL Freight. Your quotes may not be valid if your shipment takes 8 linear feet or more. We can give you a ‘spot quote’ . Sometimes a spot quote is also for a day or for only a week. Make sure that you have a date that the quote expires and if your actual shipping date is after then we can re-quote and hopefully the rate is the same, depends on what’s shipping, the size, the pick up and destination locations both!
- 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.
- Ask us for a “Cargo Insurance ” quote that we have through 3rd party sources, to enhance the Limited Liability through each carrier.
- 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. If you or someone else needs your freight to be delivered by a certain date, please consider trying “Time Critical”. It’s more expensive but at least you will have the delivery date stamped onto the Bill of Lading.
For more information Call the Shipping Emporium to find out which TL or LTL shipping will work best for you.
Thank you for your business!
Jane Barnett- JSB Enterprises LLC d/b/a The Shipping Emporium
Ruckersville/ Barboursville, VA 22968
Member: TIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association
CALL US at 703-304-8170 or 434 990 4144
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