While sending a message in a bottle would make shipping freight as simple as possible, the truth is, there are several regulations and procedures in place to ensure valuable freight is delivered to its final destination. While we all wish shipping freight could be as easy as sending a message in a bottle, the reality is, there are a number of regulations and procedures in place to ensure valuable freight is delivered to its final destination. In order to help you get started, here are 10 of the most frequent freight shipping questions.
What can be shipped and what are my options?
Even if the freight is destined for one location, most 3PLs provide all the services required. Truckload (TL), less than truckload (LTL), expedited LTL and intermodal are just a few of the common freight shipping options.
How are freight shipping rates decided?
Freight shipping rates are usually dependent on a variety of factors, including the type of freight being shipped, the method of transport, weight, distance and more. This snapshot illustrates how these rates are determined:
- LTL. LTL rates are largely dependent on the freight class. Other fees are typically applied for additional services and actions like delivery appointments and liftgate services.
- Truckload. For truckload rates, the common determination is an amount per-mile which may or may not be inclusive of the fuel surcharge. Further charges may be added for things like detention and driver assistance.
- Flatbed. Flatbed rates are based on the type of equipment, mileage and total weight of the shipment. If there is oversized freight onboard, extra charges may apply and additional transit time could be necessary.
What is freight classification?
The national motor freight association (NMFTA) developed the freight classification system to provide a uniform freight pricing structure for all shippable commodities. There are 18 freight classes numbered between 50 and 500, signifying the weight, dimensions, density, handling, value and damage (or theft) risk of a freight. The lower the class number, the lower the price per pound for freight shipping.
What is a 3PL?
3PL is short for third-party logistics. 3PL companies, such as ProConnect Integrated Logistics, attempt to take on every aspect of the freight shipping process. From the moment a shipper requests a quote for their shipment, all the way through delivery, we provide the necessary services and expert help.
ProConnect Integrated Logistics for your Business
ProConnect is a third party logistics company incorporated in 2015 to capture the Middle Eastern 3PL market with prime focus on achieving optimal efficiency and customer satisfaction.
Be it large volumes of cargo, or just a few kilos; be it air, sea or road freight – businesses across the world have entrusted their freight shipping to us. Our expertise over the years has helped many businesses grow across boundaries. In addition to shipping, we also undertake custom clearance, import and export trade help that you may have along with offering you value-added services.
If you are looking for a partner to take care of all your logistics hassles, talk to us today.