Easy-to-Understand Freight Shipping
Freight shipping has traditionally been underused by the general consumer because most people have no idea how the process works. But, you don’t need to have a truckload of stuff to ship to use a freight carrier to transport your purchases, belongings, or other hard-to-ship items. With this easy-to-understand guide, you’ll learn how freight shipping can benefit you.
Shipping a large number of packages can be cost prohibitive via the US Postal Service or UPS (these are called “parcel carriers”). But, if you have a ton of stuff to ship, there is no other way, right? Wrong!
Freight shipping is available to people who need to ship a quantity of items too large or too numerous to be shipped cost effectively via a parcel carrier. You can actually “rent” space on a large freight truck and have your package(s) transported anywhere in the world.
Freight Shipping Types
Think of it this way… A freight carrier owns a fleet of trucks. Each truck is loaded with items from point A that are then delivered to point B. Easy right? But, some shipments don’t fill up some trucks. These are called less than truckload (or LTL) shipments. To make shipping economical, the trucking company doesn’t want to run a truck that isn’t full, so they combine more than one shipment on a truck. The truck then proceeds on a route and unloads each partial shipment at the proper depot. From there, shipments are distributed via other trucks to their destinations.
How Freight Shipping Works?
Freight shipping works in much the same way that the mail service does, only on a larger scale. Your items travel as part of a larger shipment to a centralized hub where each shipment is sorted by region and forwarded on to the appropriate destination area for delivery. This eliminates the need for you to pay for a full truck load when your shipment is not that large (yet, too large for a parcel carrier).