To be able to give you a quoted rate, we will need:
- Origin city of your shipment with the zip code
- Destination city with the zip code.
- Business or residential delivery or pickup If the shipment weighs over 150 lbs. you will need a liftgate (accessorial charge would apply for liftgates and residential locations).
- Commodity (nature of the freight being moved)
In most cases, you can estimate your weight on the bill of lading. If you greatly underestimate the weight and the shipment reaches a central terminal, a dock master could judge the goods and perhaps reweigh the goods. The final weight is known as the "chargeable weight".
FreightForwarding.com strongly suggest that you palletize the freight to minimize the possibility of damage. You will benefit from the extra steps taken to properly package your freight. Standard pallets are 40" x 48" with the goods not to extend over the pallet being used or exceed the height of 8 feet. Special pallets must be made for goods larger than 40" x 48". Loads wider than 7 feet will require a forklift to off-load the freight. If your freight is under 150 lbs. and your business does not have a dock, the load may be broken down from the pallet and then off-loaded by hand.
Packaging: Ready the Freight
Your freight needs to be packaged and /or palletized. It is the shipper's responsibility for packaging the goods correctly. Shrink wrap, corrugated boxing, crates, palletizing and strapping or banding is acceptable packaging for the freight industry. For additional information on packaging see our Packaging Guidelines. We can help you to determine what packaging alternatives are available for your specific type of freight. If you need help, ask your Freight Agent.
Pick Ups and Delivery
Generally, deliveries are done in the morning to early afternoon and pick-ups are done in the afternoon. Please allow a four-hour window for pickups and deliveries.
All shipments are insured under the National Motor Carriers Association. This insures goods at value of up to $25 a pound depending on the released value while household goods are insured for only $.10 per pound. Some homeowner's insurance policies will cover additional insurance. Check with your Insurance Agent regarding your policy. We can supply you with additional insurance for 1-2% of its declared value with a minimum charge of $25.