What Should You Know Before Shopping for Freight Carriers

shipping goods in a factory So you have a large amount of freight you need to move. It is time to start shopping for freight carriers. In order to get the best results when shopping around, there is some common information that all carriers are going to ask you. Having that information on hand and ready to go when they ask for it will make your shopping and selection process goes much more smoothly. Here is the list of things you should have on hand before you contact shipping lines to move your freight.

What Are You Shipping?

This is likely the first question you are going to be asked. Make sure to have the details of what is being shipped and any special considerations that your freight might have (humidity, temperature, shock and vibration needs).

How Much are you Shipping?

Having a detailed list of how many pallets will help freight carriers determine if you are a full truck load or an LTL. Using an industrial packing company like Cratex Group will ensure that your shipment is packed properly for transportation no matter what carrier you choose to use.

Where is it Going?

The carrier is going to need to know where they should pick your shipment up and where they are going to drop it off. If you require special services like transloading, then you should have those requirements available as well so that the freight carrier can coordinate with your transloading representatives.

What is your Timeframe?

Pickup dates and drop off dates will help freight carriers determine what resources they have available. Again, if you are planning on multimode transportation, then having detailed pickup and drop-off schedules for each leg of the trip is a must. Without these details, freight carriers will not be able to accurately determine what their availability will be and might not be able to keep to your schedule.

What is the Weight of the Shipment?

Along with the number of pallets, the overall weight of the shipment is needed as well. You can provide this data as per-pallet to the fright carrier as well. This is particularly useful if you are going to use an LTL carrier as they may have to prioritize their pickup order based upon the weight distribution inside of the truck that is going to be doing the moving.

What is the Shipment Worth?

Having an idea of the overall value of your freight will help the carrier determine just how much insurance they should be carrying on the load. This can be critical if the freight is partially or fully damaged during shipping, since it will help the insurance company know how much they need to reimburse you for.

What are the Measurements of your Pallets?

Knowing if you are using standard pallets, custom pallets or even other types of shipping crates will help your carrier determine your charges quickly.

Remember to contact Cratex group for all of your industrial packing and transloading needs once you have chosen your freight carrier!