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How to Ship LTL Freight Like a Pro

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First time heading into LTL (less than truckload) territory? Whether you plan to ship LTL cargo on a consistent basis or desire to send a few packages here and there, developing an efficient LTL shipping strategy will set you on the path to optimizing your supply chain and cutting out complications and delays. Get started with these essential tips for success.

Prep & Packaging

Take stock of your inventory and make a plan for packaging that fits the demands of shipment size and durability. If you plan to ship on a regular basis, pallets are a cost effective and sturdy option to keep goods safe and snug in one place.

Freight Class

It’s a good idea to become well acquainted with the various freight classes- there are 18 in all. Durable goods that are easy to handle and not prone to damage are usually placed in lower classes, while fragile goods are placed in high classes. Since high class goods require more care, rates can be higher.

Don’t be shy to negotiate

When it comes to negotiating rates and dealing with accessorial charges, high volume shippers tend to have the upper hand in cutting a deal. But, LTL shippers can also score lower rates by signing long term contracts with carriers. To avoid accessorial charges, be prepared by taking care of the little things, like confirming the freight class is accurate and making certain the bill of lading (BOL) is filled out correctly.

Choose a 3PL to help out

If you don’t have the time or resources to get started or don’t have experience with LTL shipping, a 3PL can handle every aspect of the logistics, from providing the right carrier and driver for the job to giving professional advice on packaging and management. You can have peace of mind knowing that your goods are being handled by professionals with in depth experience. Contact America 1 Logistics to learn about LTL shipping and the services we offer.

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