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6 common services that result in accessorial charges on LTL freight quotes.

Not all facilities are the same in the shipping business. Most LTL carriers offer these services at an extra charge. Here is a list of the most common ones. Limited Access This service is for the use of locations tight on space that require a small truck to get into a shipper or consignee that…
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How to determine my freight class?

If you are shipping LTL freight knowing your freight class is important. Most common carrier LTL freight companies is the National Motor Freight Classification system to categorize freight being shipped for pricing purposes. The class system groups commodities based on 4 characteristics: liability, handling, stowability and often most importantly density. There are 18 different groups…
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5 Tips for stacking a pallet properly

The way you stack your shipment is very important. Properly stacking your freight ensures that it will ship undamaged. Here are some tips to aid in proper stacking: Stack boxes squarely so they don’t hang over the sides of the pallet. Make sure your box flaps face up and not out. Make the top of…
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5 Tips for labeling your freight

LTL carriers require that all of your freight is labeled. This is to protect you and them from loss of cargo. Here are some tips for labeling your shipments: Ensure each label has the name and address of the shipper and consignee. Put sales order or other important numbers on the labels. Make sure labels…
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Does your broker post and pray?

How do you know if you have a quality freight broker or not? Many brokers depend on internet load boards to cover your shipments. Often when they accept a load from you they have no idea how they are going to cover it. Their primary tactic is to put it out for bid and hope…
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Tips for working with interline LTL carriers

Many LTL carriers utlize interline relationships to grow their network and service their customer’s better. While this is a great strategy for the carriers to service customers in new markets, customers may experience a reduction in service caused by back office issues. Here are some tips we that can help customers take advantage of these…
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Having trouble getting a delivery appointment?

As an LTL broker that works a lot with grocery store or food distribution warehouses we work with carriers all the time who struggle to get delivery appointments. Food distribution is a high volume business. Everyone eats and food to replenish supply is constantly moving. Many food warehouses will require delivery appointments so they can…
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What is a drop location in LTL shipping?

A drop location is a location where the carrier and facility have come to an agreement that the carrier would stage equipment at their facility for loading and/or unloading. Here is an example of a drop trailer scenario at a warheouse in Louisville, KY. The LTL carrier picks up freight all over the country via…
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What is the difference between and interline carrier and asset light carrier?

Carriers seeking to grow their network of trucks and terminals have two basic options to do so: 1. They can purchase or own them. 2. They can partner with companies that own them. This article will focus on the latter. In it you will learn the basic differences between two main ways carriers partner with…
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LTL Shipping: Guaranteed Service

LTL Common Carriers operate by moving your freight along specific routes based on public rates (unless you have negotiated a private tariff) and based on estimated transit times. This means unless you purchased an upgraded service level your shipment will take about “x” number of days to get deliver. LTL carriers call this upgraded service…
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