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Factors to Consider Before Shipping Freight

When it comes to shipping your freight, there are always decisions that need to be made.  The most important of these choices is what method of shipping and transport will best serve your needs.  Regardless of whether you are a business who is shipping overseas or within your own country, here are some important factors to consider before making your shipping decisions.


The most important factor to consider is the cost of shipping freight.  When it comes to understanding the true cost of shipping, however, many different factors come into play.  These include:

  • The cost of storing goods in a warehouse for any prolonged period of time.
  • Any damages that may incur over the course of your freight’s journey.
  • Any loading and unloading fees.
  • Tariffs or duties if shipping overseas.

These are just a few of the many hidden costs of shipping.  It is important to take into consideration all the factors that will determine your shipping costs before making a final decision.

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Transloading is a great way to ship your freight as it combines various shipping methods to not only speed up your shipping, but also to save you money on your shipping costs.


The length of time that it takes your freight to reach its destination is another very important part of your shipping needs.  Again, transloading can be an effective means of getting your freight to its destination quickly and efficiently and can easily be combined with other shipping methods such as ships.

It is up to you and your clients to find an agreeable middle ground for what is considered fast shipping.  However, the old adage of time is money and money is time most definitely applies to shipping methods.


Not only do you want your goods shipped as cost efficiently and quickly as possible, it is important in today’s competitive business world that your shipping methods are reliable.  Make sure to find a shipping company that is reliable and can back up their shipping methods.  Chances are if you have found a deal that is too good to be true, it probably is.


Regardless of how cheap or fast your freight is promised to arrive at its final destination, if the shipping methods or timeline is unreliable, you will damage your business relationship with your client.

Cost, speed and reliability are all very important factors that you should be taking into consideration before choosing a shipping method and a shipping company.  We at Cratex are celebrating our 40th anniversary in the shipping industry and are proud of our reliable track record.

If you would like more information about how we can best serve you, please contact us today.  We look forward to helping you with all your shipping needs.