8 GREAT Ways To Save Money On Freight Shipping.

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8 GREAT Ways To Save Money On Freight Shipping.

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8 GREAT Ways To Save Money On Freight Shipping

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While a few of the tips in the article are for truck owners, most of these tips are for people who want to save money on shipping.

Keeping your financial existence in this economy is the number one concern of any financially goaled entrepreneur in the United States today, be it in the business owner or in the consumer point of view. Having a thriving business requires you to direct every major production step in the most economically sound option available. Regardless in whatever type of business you are, it is on the top of your priority list how to deliver your goods to your customers on time, and on the condition it is expected of you. In this sense, it is safe to say that enormous amount of savings can be acquired if you have the proper knowledge, and the right shipping partner. So let take a look at both sides of the coin shall we?

There is always good business to be made when you are able to provide your goods or services at a 110%. Though every business known to exist todays seems to be of bottleneck proportions in terms of growth, increase of customer base, or simply having its foothold on the current state of the economy today, still – having the right mindset and business direction will surely guide your company into its directed goal. The same cannot be truer in the trucking industry.

The trucking industry nowadays can be very competitive, but also is extremely profitable. A lot of truck owners have ventured into the forwarding area, just to get shut down that very same year. Though most of these individual are very good truckers, but the business side of their equation is not very well thought of. Having a successful trucking business takes a little more than getting that license to drive a truck and having an idea of the best route to choose. Here are some tips for driving your trucking business to the right direction.

 

1. Go the extra mile

“You get what you work for” – the same principle is true in the trucking industry. Your customer will only pay you for the amount of work you do, so if you are willing to do additional tasks for your client, chances are you’ll earn more and maybe even some of your regulars will be more than willing to give you a tip for your job well done.

 

2. Do your Research

Having the proper knowledge of the economy of the area you are planning to establish your business will give you a leg up over the competition. You should be able to detect and avoid sectors that are currently in a downturn. You should search for a carrier that have served growth industries, and establish a long-term relationship with good customers who will in return refer you to their circle of business colleagues, thus enabling you to earn more in the long run and expand your customer base without have the additional cost of advertising yourself.

 

3. Realistic Income Expectations

This involves being able to do proper forecasting. Having your overhead cost trimmed according to your earning power is a great way of always coming on top. The same thing also applies when choosing your gears – choose something that you will be able to maximize and squeeze out every single drop of profit from. Getting the proper equipment with its specs matching your needs is like finding the perfect pair of gloves that fits your hands.

 

4. Customer for Life

Just like any business, forging the proper ties with the proper business partners will go a long way, and you would be able to reap its benefits in the long run. Switching from different carriers not only wastes your time, but it also costs you money just because you did not do your homework before closing that deal. Knowing what you are getting into gives you an exact perspective of what to expect in a deal, and will save you the trouble of having to quit and start again from scratch three months from now. Remember; costs, rates, clients, track records, and smooth and cordial business relationships are the major contributors to the success, or failure of your business.

 

5. Keep our eye on the prize

Always keep in mind that you are in it for the business side, and your truck is just a tool of your trade. It is but natural to be in love with the big open road and all the adventures it has to offer, as well as that new big and shiny truck. In the long run when you have already established your name in the business there is always a time for those things, but remember that all the successful truckers out there have gone through these very same things, and have triumphed over them because they have practiced discipline and self-constraint.

And the same goes for entrepreneurs who wants to maximize their business potential by tapping on the services of truckers / forwarders to handle their logistic needs.  Here are some pointer on how to go about and stretch the value of your hard earned dollar;

 

6. Get to know who represents you

At the end of the day, the one who delivers your goods to the doorsteps of your clients extends your representation by the speed and timely delivery of their orders. Getting to know which shipper you should choose is vital to the satisfaction of your customer.  Don’t be afraid to do some background checks on your potential forwarder, as well as ask for recommendations from colleagues who have hired them before.

 

7. Negotiate the best rate

Being loyal to a specific company gives you many benefits, including priority on shipping schedules, as well as special shipping rates for long-time customers. And these forwarders are looking for valued customers who will continuously patronize them and refer their services.

 

8. Account consolidation

Shipping rates are mostly computed based on the shipment volume. With regards to this, it is far beneficial for you to ship out as much product as possible on a single shipment. This would reduce the numerous back and forth of planning subsequent trips just to fully ship out items that would have been included in the first batch, and of course maximizing the container space, as well as delivering before the promised time to your client.

 

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5 GREAT Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Freight

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“Prevention may be a tedious pill to take, but damage control is always a bitter pill to swallow”. Countless times have your instincts guided you through something that you more than often have chosen to ignore, and realize that your gut has been right all along. Same goes with safekeeping your freight; more than often the simplest and the most practical precautions have helped save thousands of dollars on damages, as well as time inconveniences incurred during the process of insurance claims (if any). But there are a few simple steps one can take in ensuring the safety of your precious cargo;

1. Strength in Numbers

Stacking your freight may be one of the most sensible way to ensure that the contents of your boxes are intact. But which method should you use?

  • Soft and fragile items in boxes: These type of contents require the column stacking method. Utilizing this method requires you to stack a column and build it on a pallet, wherein the weight of each box is supported only by the box directly underneath it. This improves the boxes’ strength and durability by 50% in comparison to the interlocking method.
  • Hard, solid boxes: Canned groceries, filed documents and photo albums are typical examples of the contents of these boxes. It is recommended that you use the interlocking stacking method wherein the boxes are arranged to form like a brick wall. Multiple boxes below partially supports the box above it which enhances the stability of each stack.

Note that to effectively assure the stability of the support provided by these methods, you must ensure that boxes are aligned and does not hang over the pallet’s edge. Overhangs are one of major cause of freight damage during shipment because they tend to bump and lodge itself with other shipments. Also making the top of your stack flat gives protection from damage incurred by other freight stacked on top of it.

 

2. Using the right material

Choosing the right material for your pallet is essential in ensuring that your freight will withstand the impact incurred during the shipping process. This will also match the proper packaging in correspondence to the volume and weight of your freight.

  •  Wooden pallets: These are the common pallet type used in delivering goods in various groceries. This pallet type is the best option recommended because it keeps the stack’s integrity when being moved via forklifts, as well as through various shipping conditions.  When using these pallet types, be sure to avoid those that does not have bottom boards because they are known for unequal weight distribution and reduces the side’s strength. One must also avoid corrugated pallets because the moisture from certain items being shipped compromises the strength of the materials used in these pallets.
  • Plastic pallets: This pallet is also one most viable option for shipping cargo because of its reduced weight and perfectly molded exterior. Almost holds the same strength as that of the wooden pallet but is much more brittle in nature and its top deck is quite slippery. Extreme caution in packaging and securing your shipment is advised when using plastic pallets.

There are more options available when choosing the pallet type for your shipment. Just make sure that you stack your shipment properly and securely with whatever pallet type you may choose. Proper organization and using the right packaging materials greatly increases the stability and weight distribution of your freight.

 

3. Protection and Stability

Once you’ve successfully organized your shipment, the next step is ensuring that it is properly secured using the right materials for travel. One of the worst scenarios is a couple of boxes falling out from the pallet because one fails to wrap a corner properly so it won’t lodge with the other shipment in the cargo.

  • Wrap them properly: Covering your boxes via shrink wrap is one of the best way to keep them tight and secured during shipment. This would also add to the stability of the pallet. For precautionary measures it is best that the wrap overlaps by at least 3 inches through the pallet’s base and also on the top of the load.
  • Banding: This secures the load to the pallet. A firm tight banding greatly reduces the risk of breakage to your freight and improves the overall stability of the pallet.
  • Solid top and bottom load protector pads: Corrugated and Masonite sheets can add much protection to the boxes located on the top and bottom of the stack. The pad on the top secures and protects your boxes from other shipments that might be placed on top of it. This also helps on the weight distribution of the top weight, preventing unwanted “point pressures” that may build up on any point of the stack that may have uneven weight. The pad at the bottom on the other hand, helps in preventing boxes in your stack from falling at the holes in the pallet.

 

4. Label and Inventory

This one goes without saying. Taking necessary steps in labeling the boxes with the proper weight and content classification (fragile, flammable, liquid etc.) greatly increases the accuracy on which boxes goes with which, what should go on top, and what should be isolated from the rest of the pallet. One should also remove old labels or brands on boxes if reusing them and not just covering these with masking tapes, as these may accidentally come off during the stacking process. Also, one should use less labels and classification, as to reduce confusion in the stacking process. The proper classification type also increases the accuracy of your inventory per boxed item.

 

5. Choosing the right Carrier

This ultimately is one of the most critical piece of the equation because even if you go through great lengths in protecting and ensuring the proper packaging of your shipment and yet entrusting it with someone who would mishandle them during shipping disregards all the necessary precaution you have made. Always go for carriers that have the highest FMCSA score, have a notable length of tenure in the business, and almost zero loss freight count on their card.

 

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Best Way To Determine What Kind Of Freight Truck You Need

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Different Strokes for Different Folks – The Best Way to Determine What Kind of Freight Truck You Need

 

 

Choice – By definition is “an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities”. And by choice, man has continuously fought his way even through the most difficult barricade life throws his way. The recent destruction brought about by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been critical in the flight of the human spirit in the United States, specifically in the areas of Florida and Texas. With the economy suffering a 33,000 job lost in the month of September, this a brought a dip of 4.2 percent in the total unemployment rate of the country.

Even through these recent tragedies, a slow yet steady push of recovery is continuously on going in the affected areas. And one of the critical aspect in this road to recovery is the transport of freight intended for the affected areas. With the current demands of various goods and supplies needed, it is quite confusing which type of freight shipping you would need to utilize for these specific instances. In these regards, here’s a walkthrough on how to determine the kind of freight truck you need to use in various situations.

 

Parcel or Freight?

For smaller items that requires faster delivery time, parcels are lightweight, small, and individually handled by carriers like UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service. These parcels can be dropped off by individual shippers at their own convenience is different locations, with the shipping price determined via actual weight or dimensional weight. Daily pickups are usually arranged with these commercial shippers. The limit size on these parcels are up to 165 inches in length and girth combined, or 150 lbs. in weight respectively. Any shipment above these limits are considered freight shipment.

 

Freight Types

Less than Truck Load (LTL)

As the name denotes, this type of freight shipment does not fully occupy the truck trailer.  The standard sized freight trailer nowadays are about 12.5’ – 13.5’ I height, 8 – 8.5’ in width, and 40’ – 53’ in length. These specs enables a standard carrier to load various LTL shipments via a single truck and attend to a number of customer and their shipping destination. A typical example of LTL freight carriers are FedEx Freight, YRC Freight, and many more.

 

Partial Truckload

This type of shipment does not fully fill an entire container, but still remains on a singular truck much like a full truckload. This results in far less handling that Less Than Truckload shipping. A standard partial truckload shipment borderlines between Less Than Truckload shipment and Full Truckload shipment in weight and size. The main difference of Less Than Truckload (LTL) and Partial Truckload is its way of transport in lieu of its weight and size.

 

Full Truckload (FTL)

A Full Truckload freight means that the trailer is solely occupied by the shipment. This classification includes point to point shipments that have large weight or volume. The weight limit of a shipment is directly proportional to the weight of a vehicle which is also defined by local laws, but a standard measurement is about 34,000 to 45,000 lbs. in the United States. These shipments are usually transported using flatbed, dry van, or refrigerated trailers.

 

5 Trailer Types for Truck Freight

Reefer (Refrigerated)

This is the type of freight to go for if you are shipping items that requires constant regulated temperature especially if you are shipping through hot areas. A secondary fuel supply powers these refrigerated trailers which is mounted with a large capacity climate monitoring unit. For zoned temperature, you have the option to partition these trailers. The common contents of these trailer types are medical supplies, chemicals, or perishable food items.

 

Dry Van

These are covered trailers that have a flat deck. Dry van trailer is one of the most popular choice of trailer shipment across the United States. The load is covered by the box which helps secure it during travel as well as protect it from the elements. These are advisable if you are transporting fragile freights that are needed to be properly crated and secured in the container, or if you are shipping over areas that are currently experiencing extreme weather conditions such as heavy rain or typhoon.

 

Flatbed

This type of freight constitutes any shipment which is loaded over a flatbed trailer. The loads over flatbed freight are needed to be secured by the driver, and this type also leaves the shipment vulnerable to elements. The advantage of this shipment type is its capacity to handle big loads, such as trailer houses and large generators because of its open nature. Loading shipment over flatbeds also tends to be much faster since cranes can be used in lieu of a forklift, and can also be loaded from both sides which is an advantage for full width loads. This is the trailer type to go for if you are shipping industrial sized shipments.

 

OVERSIZED

If your shipment exceeds the standard weight limit of legal size for a particular route (any load taller than 13’6” or wider than 8’6” in most US states), then the oversized freight is for you. Also, loads which are excessively heavy of long falls into this category. Various factors that determines the regulations for this freight type depends on the state, bridges, and roadways. Because of this, one must carefully plan and give attention to details on each specific route. Additional precautions are taken by adding one of more pilot cars than serves as warning to motorists, clear the roads of obstacles, as well as to ensure the safety of the route.

 

Lowboy

This type of load is very much like to that of a flatbed load. The main difference of a lowboy trailer is its lower deck height which is intended to lower the total load height to avoid the restrictions of oversized loads. This effectively allows shipment transport minus the extra cost and eliminating safety issues brought about by oversized loads as well.

 

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10 Things To Consider Before Choosing Your Freight Broker

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The recent hit of Hurricane Irma has left lasting impacts on the spot market freight volume in areas that she had raged upon. Though recovery efforts have been ongoing towards Florida, the outbound rates in the van markets that serves the area namely Charlotte and Atlanta, have soared while the volumes remained low. This can only mean that the threat left by the storm has driven shippers to postpone or even cancel their freight instead of trying to expedite their movement.

hurricane irma freight truck hauling relief supplies

A lot of things may have happened that is sure to have its negative implication to a majority of businesses in the area.  One of these things can be the sudden service cancellation of their long trusted freight broker. “No sweat” you might say, but there are a lot of things to consider in choosing a reliable freight broker. Why you ask? The answer is very simple, yet is an integral and basic part of any successful business operation. It is vital to choose the best freight broker you can find in the industry today because the ones that have built a long-term and solid relationship with their motor carriers is essentially the most successful and stable freight broker you would find in the industry today. Here are some pointers to consider in choosing the best freight broker in the industry today;

 

  1. Length of Tenure – Your best friend may be already in the business for more than a year, but should he be your go-to guy? Certain studies have shown that in the first two years of a company’s establishment, the company’s main goal is simply to survive. Those that have already braved the great recession and other recent calamities have a higher batting ratio of getting things done successfully. Getting yourself aligned with these established and successful brokers will surely reflect your commitment to service your customer’s needs on time, every time.

 

  1. Cost versus Quality – You get what you pay for – this statement is universally true even in the fields of logistics. Making sure to ask for a quotation that details all aspects and accessorial charges that should be incurred in shipping. These charges comprise as much as 50% of the total cost of the shipment moreover on international ones. Also, make sure that you specifically communicate between your customer and the broker who will assume the cost for duties and charges on all international freight. These international duties and taxes can take up to 30% of the total freight cost, and this is not one of those expenses that you would want in your end. If all possible expenses aren’t presented to you crystal clear up front, or if you would receive a quote that is significantly lower than the others, you should take a careful look and find the devil in the details.

 

  1. Licenses and Bonds – This is a critical part of the industry right now. Because of the law raising broker bonding requirements from $10, 0000 to $75,000 being implemented, more than 10,000 small brokers have been driven out of business. It is required by the Federal law for anyone who is in the business of arranging transportation for compensation to acquire a federal broker license from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). Be on the lookout for carriers who broker loads without possession of broker authority. Always check for the proper broker authority, license, and the $75,000 bond when looking for a new freight broker.

 

  1. Carrier Selection – Proper carrier selection is essential for the success of any shipping related industry. As you have diligently done your research on finding the perfect broker to fulfill your needs, the broker of your choice should exert the same effort in finding the carrier that will get the job done. The carrier’s safety records, length of tenure in the business, recommendations from their [previous clients, the age of their existing equipment, and the number of their manpower. You may want to inquire on your prospective broker their process in selecting their carriers, as you will be joined hip-to-hip with the carrier of their choice.

 

  1. Credit Standing – Financial / Credit stability is also one of the key features that you should be looking for in a broker. One of the worst mistakes you may have is choosing an undercapitalized broker who has outstanding tax obligations and is insolvent. You should avoid these types because their financial instability will surely reflect on the way they run their business.

 

  1. Recommendations – This is one of the best assurance you can find in your search for your new broker. The testaments of people and companies they have worked with before, the way they handle their business, fulfillment of timetable commitments, their responsiveness to requests, their client handling on your area. This information and much more are available from their previous clients, and getting the information that they are still in full business with the broker of your choice is a big plus in your decision-making process.

 

  1. Insurance – Assuming that every truck carries a $100,000 cargo insurance is one of the most overlooked consideration during the shipping process. Be sure to ask your potential broker for the cargo issuance and liability certificates and if they are willing to extend you additional insurance. Ask for their claims procedure and the average deductible cost if any.

 

  1. Responsive Communication – In the long run, these brokers and drivers will be a part of your company’s representation on the road. Their responsiveness should translate to how they interact with your daily emails regarding the status update of your delivery, placement of new orders etc. Their written and verbal communication skills with your client will also directly represent your business on their end. The accessibility of their upper management, as well as their availability even during after office hours, is a plus especially if you are running a critical shipment in the future.

 

  1. Billing Department – Accurate billing is very important in any business, especially if you are passing the shipping cost to your clients. You would not want to receive additional re-weigh costs when you have already sent your own client’s bill.

 

  1. Modal Flexibility – Take into consideration a broker’s geographical and operational area of expertise. Brokers who are able to provide multi modal services can also vouch for additional capacity storages in another mode with their alternative channels. They would also be able to simplify the process for those companies who are not able to provide their own staff for logistics.

 

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Through the Hurricades – How Freight Trucking Can Survive Through Barricades Set by Hurricanes

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Hurricane Irma has brought much devastation with its wake upon the majority of cities in the US. With its destruction affecting the majority of access roads across the land, there is an imminent threat of increased costs in all major necessities due to the fact that the cost for transporting these goods will surely go to a hike, including shipping rates.

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The transportation industry has yet to recover from the damages brought upon by hurricane Harvey and with the arrival of Hurricane Irma, the effects still being felt from Harvey’s impact is expected to dramatically increase if not double. It was projected that even though the effects of these storms would be considerably decreasing in rate, the long term effects on the traffic build up on the Southeast area will directly affect the difficulty experienced by the supply chain industry.

According to a number analysts, the recent aftermath of Hurricane Harvey together and the ongoing ravishing of Irma, shipping schedules are more than sure to tighten all throughout the season, with ongoing repercussions until the first quarter of next year. With the intensity of Hurricane Irma continuously developing, it is almost a certainty that damages to roads and infrastructures are going to be as high, if not more than of Hurricane Harvey’s.

Way back in 2005, an Indiana based FTR had conducted a study with the extent of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina to the lines of trucking services. Shipment delays as well as the high casualty on operating equipment had defined significant pricing effects that have been felt in the concluding three months after Katrina. A 22 percent year-after-year price increase in services has been evident five months after the ruthless winter storm in 2014.

And because of the extensive impacts of the said hurricane, these has been the direct effects to the trucking industry:

  • The top priority of deliveries were relief and construction supplies. It has been far more difficult to secure a spot in the containers for other commodities that are not of basic necessity
  • The delivery time frame of various shipments have more than doubled, and there was reduced productivity because of supply chain demands that were out of cycle.
  • Additional delays were experienced because trucks have to wait for the water to recede from various affected roads and loading docks.
  • Heavily congested roads, highways, and access points have added risks and delays to the delivery chain, making the time frame of the planning and delivery of any shipment very unpredictable.

Harvey’s impact is said to be longer lasting, with its effects being felt in the form of increase in shipping contract rates that are long term.

Last Friday, the ports of Miami and Everglades in Florida has closed due to the effects of Hurricane Irma. Savannah and Jacksonville’s ports were still operational last Friday, but was forced to cease in its operations the next day. In lieu of this, trucking analysts anticipates the continuous widespread disruption of the industry due to Hurricane Irma’s bearing on the Eastern Seaboard.

The weight of these two recent hurricanes have leveled their weight on the traffic of trucking industries. More so if it will continue and hit North Carolina or Georgia, the reason being two of the major national distributors are Charlotte and Atlanta.

Hurricane Irma Freight Trucking

While the industry is still salvaging its efforts to recover from the blow given by Hurricane Harvey, the prices of truckloads continues to increase, especially truckloads headed towards Houston, while the population of trucks that are able to do the necessary deliveries shrank. Even though the number of actual loads shrank by more than ten percent because of the absence of deliveries that are coming from Houston, the overall price rates have already shot up five percent nationwide and still rising. This also resulted in repercussions on secondary routes all around as the market equilibrium continuously shifts. An example of this is that of Chicago to Denver price rates that have jumped from $2.50 per mile to $2.71 per mile.  DAT reports that rates have risen in various states including California, Atlanta, and Charlotte.

It is also notable that major facilities in the affected areas are still shut down and some though operational, have started limiting their operations. One of the solution that local providers have gone to is by re-sourcing national clients just to establish their continuous service. And because of the vast after effects, pickups and deliveries in areas like Corpus Christi, Houston and Beaumont has been cancelled.  The United States Coast Guard announces that the traffic of vessels going in and out from Galveston, Houston, Freeport, Texas City, and Corpus Christi will only reopen once all access channels are a hundred percent safe.

Two of Houston’s major airports which are Hobby and Bush intercontinental have fully stopped operation because there was flooding on nearby roads. At the city’s south side which hosts Hobby, access roads have been reported to be submerged in four feet underwater. Alongside this, the three major railroads that have serviced the Houston area namely BNSF, Union Jack, and Kansas City Southern, announced that they would suspend their operations in the Houston area.

Fortunately, in the majority of natural disasters in depth with this caliber, one of the most potent way of transporting supplies to the population that has been hit by this calamity is via truck deliveries. Even though the trucking industry has shown signs of heavy struggle due to the recent turn of events, they are continuously stepping up to the plate and offering their much needed services. Because most situation dictates the improbability of other medium of delivery penetrating the area, the truck’s capacity to maneuver over rough road conditions and any large obstacles have made them the most viable option with regards to relief operations and delivery.

In these types of situations, the state, local, and federal government maximizes its efforts to work hand in hand with the transportation industry in giving assistance to the public when it is most needed. It is true that these Hurricane proposes a very unique story, but the same formula applies to any natural disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires, and others. The keen perseverance of the human spirit to overcome and obstacle, and rebuild for its future.

 

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The Emergence of LTL Shipping

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With the improvements in the LTL transportation industry, the concept of moving goods from one place to another had been made popular. They will have to endure long hours of traveling just to get what they needed. The good news is that consumers do not need to go through all these hassles because businesses have found a way to deliver their products right to the doorsteps of their clients.  This has been made possible because of LTL freight shipping services.

LTL transport is known as the movement of goods in relatively small freight. It is also considered as the consolidation of various shipments from one location to many geographical areas. There is no need to utilize a 48- or 53-foot trailer truck for a customer to deliver their freight. LTL freight transportation can actually transport goods to customers with the use of consolidation. Aside from that, LTL carriers can also use enclosed van trailers to properly distribute packages to their clients as well. A lot of shipping companies have used LTL carriers with the convenience that these things provide them. Also, LTL freight carriers give people the most cost-effective method to transport goods to multiple destination.

How did LTL shipping evolve?

The trucking industry had been very famous since 1935 in the United States. The government was able to acquire certain laws to regulate the transactions made in this industry under the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). Under the Motor Carrier Act, existing trucking companies were given the license to make transactions which are, however, very limited. they provide trucking services to customers, licensed truckers must make sure that the price of tariffs approved. They have to wait for 30 days or so to get things done.

With all the regulations and promises that trucking companies undergo due to the presence of certain laws, trucking services have been very costly and ineffective. With the disadvantages of the deregulation of trucking networks, the government decided to deregulate the trucking industry, which gives truckers the opportunity to expand their scope of influence. In effect, better services were provided to remote places. Trucking companies became more efficient and effective.

With the growing industry of trucking services, different transport methods were introduced to people. In light of this, the concept of LTL shipping came about. LTL carriers became known to the market and had been one of the sought after shipping carriers in the world market today.

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5 Way To Reduce Your LTL Freight Shipping Rate

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5 Way To Reduce Your LTL Freight Shipping Rate

A lot of LTL shipping companies have been providing services to individuals who opt to deliver their products in the doors of their consumers with lift gate services. If you happen to be one of those people who need LTL carriers, you will be well acquainted of how important it would be on your end to be wise in spending money to avail LTL freight shipping services.

Of course, you are informed of how LTL shipping rates are computed and what these prices would cover. The rates of fuel, the locations of your customers, and the taxes of the goods are just some of the many factors that should be considered in paying for LTL freight rates. With the fluctuating prices of fuel and the other inevitable factors, it would be a burden for you to endure the increasing LTL freight rates. Since you would want to cut down the costs of your business, it would be necessary for you to know five possible ways on how you can reduce your LTL shipping expenses.

  1. You have to be well informed of your LTL shipping profile.

There are a lot of LTL freight carriers who take advantage of shippers who have no idea of how much they should be spending in transporting their goods to their consumers. As a shipper, it is your responsibility to be acquainted with your LTL shipping profile. In that way, you know the transactions that you have made with LTL carriers and the prices that you are most likely to spend in hiring an LTL shipping carrier. The requirements you will have to comply are also given to your LTL shipping profile so you would not need to spend for unnecessary expenses that LTL freight carriers will try to place on you. By the use of your LTL shipping profile, it would be easy for you to negotiate on the rates that you will be paying to move your items from one destination to another.

  1. Develop and use an LTL shipping criteria to suit your needs and financial requirements

In hiring a LTL carrier, you will have to take a lot of things into consideration. In order for you to find the right LTL carrier, you will need to make a good set of criteria for them to qualify. In this way, it would not be hard for you to save on your costs since you have assessed an LTL freight carrier according to your own terms to get things done. There is no need for you to bargain. The LTL carrier will be the one chasing after you.

  1. Hiring an LTL carriers.

In order for you to save money from LTL shipping rates, it is important that you only use the LTL carriers that you need. You have to make sure that you make the most of the services of LTL carriers. You do not have to add one more LTL carrier if it is not necessary for you to do so. As long as all your shipments are being delivered properly by the current LTL carriers that you have, you are definitely on your way to reducing your LTL shipping rates.

  1. Consolidate smaller shipments

One common mistake that people would commit if they want to reduce their LTL freight rates is to acquire smaller orders and pay smaller LTL freight shipments to get the items that you need. If you try to add all the payments that you have made with these kinds of transactions, you would be surprised to find out that you are spending more than what you have expected. Instead of acquiring smaller shipments for the rest of the year, it would be cost effective to consolidate these small orders into one large orders on your  LTL shipping services.

  1. Do your research on LTL shipping carriers.

Even if you are already knowledgeable about how you can reduce your LTL freight rates but you still have no idea how LTL shipping carriers work, then you are just wasting your time. If you are aware of the services that LTL shipping carriers provide to shippers, you will be able to have a cost-efficient freight transaction in the making. LTL shipping carriers offer good deals to their clients to establish a good contract with them. Getting acquainted with how LTL freight carriers work will also help you find the right LTL carrier to provide you services in affordable rates.

There is no need for you to spend too much if you are aiming for high quality LTL Freight services. With the right knowledge, LTL carrier and strategy, you will establish a cost-efficient LTL shipping transaction.

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Getting Acquainted with LTL Trucking Services

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The field of technology was even very serious with improving the carrier industry that means of transportation such as airplanes, ships, and trucks were used. With the presence of these new modes of transportation, trucking services came into the picture.

Trucking services allow the transport of goods to different places with the use of trucks. The good thing about using truck transportation in the movement of goods is the low cost that freight carriers would have to deal with. It would not only save them from a lot of hassle but also, from wasting money. One of the most popular kinds of services that freight carriers offer would be the LTL trucking services or also called by some as the LTL transport.

What then is LTL trucking?

In LTL transport, it does not mean that companies will have to use a 48- or 53-foot trailer truck to deliver shipments to their clients. This trucking service has been defined as the movement of goods in a relatively small freight. With LTL carriers, goods are being transported to many customers by using only one truck. Compared to other freight services, LTL trucking had been considered as one of the most cost-effective methods in shipping goods to people.

LTL trucking services cover a lot of things. Less than truckload trucking companies offer people services like lift gate and residential pickups and deliveries, freeze protection, guaranteed services, and transit. LTL shipping carrier provides their clients a convenient way to get the things that they need to have without the need to travel to far places.

What Do People Need to Look for in a LTL Shipping Carrier?

Since LTL trucking services are very in demand nowadays, it is not surprising to find out many LTL companies sprouting like mushrooms in the US, and even in a lot of countries. There are certain characteristics that people should know about LTL shipping carriers before they make the decision of hiring one.

In order to move shipment to their clients, LTL shipping carriers use van trailers that are enclosed or covered. There are LTL carriers who use temperature controlled trailers which is why refrigerated LTL carriers are around. LTL carriers handle the freight sent by clients several times during transit and should be packaged to protect it from condensation, scuffing, crushing, vibration, dropping, and humidity. Refrigerated LTL carriers are often used to deliver goods to people since it can preserve the temperature to avoid the shipments from destruction.

In local areas, the LTL trucking companies have a number of vehicles that will help them collect all the shipments from their clients. When they are finished making their daily collection, the shipments are then delivered to a terminal where they are placed to be delivered in their destinations. The vehicles that will be used for the delivery of shipments are based on the geographic location of the items. All shipments within a certain area are collected altogether to be placed in one vehicle. In this way, LTL carriers can deliver the goods in their expected time of arrival.

Hiring LTL carriers can provide people a lot of advantages. All they need to do is to trust the LTL trucking company to fulfill their responsibility to help you with what you need.

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Why Do You Need to Utilize LTL Trucking Companies?

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The modes of transportation, for example, have been more improved.  These improvements have opened the door for a lot of opportunities. One of which would be the shipping and delivery industry.

The words freight and carrier may sound familiar to you. Whenever you hear these words, you may associate them with transportation. The movement of goods nowadays has been made easier because of the presence of shipping services. One of the most common services you might stumble upon would be the LTL transport services.

What Does LTL Transport Mean?

Less than truckload or LTL transport is a shipping service that uses one truck to move goods in various customers. In other words, this is the transportation of relatively small freight. There is no need for LTL trucking companies to use huge trucks just to deliver shipments to people.

Not all LTL trucking companies use trucks to move goods to clients. There are instances that they would have to use air or rail transportation to get shipments delivered as soon as possible. There are LTL carriers who would prefer to use an enclosed van trailer to effectively deliver shipments as well. The nice thing about having to hire an LTL carrier is the fact that they are very serious when it comes to their operations. LTL freight operators will see to it that all the shipments are monitored in order for them to arrive by the given time of arrival. There are also LTL carriers that would use refrigerated transport services to protect the shipments entrusted to them. Humidity is one of the reasons why shipments get destroyed by the time that they arrive in their destinations. Of course, LTL trucking companies would not want to leave clients disappointed of their services. These companies would eventually have to prepare for the worst to come.

What to Look Forward to in LTL Transport Services?

People who have tried hiring LTL trucking companies have seen the benefits of having these carriers around.  Because of LTL and refrigerated carriers, people can save money as they send their shipments to their respective destinations. Compared to other trucking services, LTL transport would require to pay lower prices for the services given to them. This is the very reason why LTL trucking services have been considered as a cost-effective method for the delivery of shipments.

LTL freight rates depend on the class, weight, destination, pick up, and other additional services that the consignee and the shipper would agree with. The good news is that discounts or promos are being offered by LTL carriers to shippers who would want to secure their freight for business purposes. Another thing that will affect the LTL freight rates would be the fuel surcharges.  Fuel surcharges are simply the fuel costs to be paid with the lane of shipment and the added line haul costs. The amount of fuel would depend on the national rates given to this product.

Another thing to consider in determining the LTL freight rate would be the content of the shipment. If the goods that you are about to deliver are fragile, extra care should be given to the shipment no matter what.

The good thing about LTL carriers is that they do not overcharge their clients for the services that they are about to offer them in the process.

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