Understanding the Seasonality of Freight

The shipping world, believe it or not, is dictated by a wide range of factors that greatly affect times, costs and other factors.  These factors are seasonal and may drastically affect your business’ costs and time frames.  As your premier industrial shipping company specializing in packing and crating, here is an overview of the seasonal shipping calendar and how you can adjust to it to save your company money and time.

Like any type of business, the shipping seasons are dictated by the simple rules of supply and demand and are often broken down into 4 distinct seasons or quadrants.

The Quiet Season

The quiet season for shipping falls between January and March.  Typically, this season sees lower freight volume as the holiday season is rolling into the new year.  Although shipments by road may be difficult because of unpredictable winter weather, freight usually gets to its destination on time.

The Produce Season

The produce season sees freight volume begin to pick up and is traditionally seen as the months of April to July.  As the market gets more competitive and trucks become harder to find, the capacity and rates can change drastically from the rates of the quiet shipping season.  The higher paying loads such as peaches and other produce shipments tend to increase both the cost and capacity of the shipping world.

The Peak Season

The peak shipping season falls between August until October.  This season sees the “back to school” season as well as the beginning stages of the ultra-competitive and busy upcoming holiday season.  Sales are typically up and companies are moving stock in and out of their facilities to ensure proper supply for the holidays.

The Holiday Season

The holidays are here:

  • Thanksgiving weekend.
  • The Christmas season.
  • New Year’s.

Shippers are rushing to get their inventory out to their clients before the end of the holiday season.  This season obviously sees the highest rates for freight and the lowest availability for carriers.  Be sure to thoroughly plan for this season and even start to get your shipments out as early as possible to beat the holiday rush.

These four distinct seasons will greatly affect the cost and time frame of each or your shipments.  In order to ensure that your freight arrives at its destination on time and undamaged, it is very important to work closely with your shipping company.

As your premier industrial shipping company, we understand the pressures and the distinct seasons of the shipping world.  Our professional and knowledgeable staff will work diligently and endlessly to ensure that your freight is delivered on time and in the same shape that it left your warehouse.  Contact us today and see how we can be a part of your shipping line.  We look forward to working with you soon.