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Is it an antique armoire? How about an industrial washing machine or a high value piece of technology? No matter what item it is, at one point in time, it had to be shipped. Finding the best shipping method for your goods can be extremely difficult. Here are a few factors to consider to make shipping a little easier.
One of the most confusing things about shipping freight is understanding freight prices. You may think that you are paying a particular rate, only to find out that you shipped in the wrong freight class, forgot to mark your shipment as a residential delivery and didn’t include a lift gate. Read over the following factors to consider when creating an LTL shipment in order to understand how LTL pricing works and prevent any surprises for you or your customer.
Freight Class– Each shipment is rated different depending on the freight class which it ships. Freight classes are based on density and commodity. There are 18 classes that your shipment can fall under, ranging from class 50 (the least expensive) to class 500 (the most expensive). It is important to chose a class based on the commodity you are shipping and it’s respectiveNMFC #. If you do not know your freight class, you can typically ship based on the density of your particular shipment. ShipHawk has a great tool built into the rating process which provides an estimated freight class. Be careful that you select the correct freight class as your shipment can be subject to expensive re-class fees if not correctly noted on the BOL.
While one tends to think of a shipment as a single transaction, in reality it usually consists of multiple events—first mile, line-haul, final mile and consolidation points. These pieces get even more complex when the item being shipped is a couch or a table that’s traveling in a model other than parcel. For the buyer, the final mile is the most important part of the trip, and the piece they are most likely to associate with your brand. After all, this is what gets the shipment to his or her home.