Are you looking for ways to cut expenses on your LTL shipping? Less-than-truckload or LTL shipments involve freight deliveries that are small. In that, they are larger than parcels but aren’t big enough to fit an entire truckload.
Such shipments often move from mid-sized and small companies, who may not be knowledgeable about cost-effective and efficient shipping measures. On the other hand, the shipping rates for LTL Freight can be confusing and complicated.
The following tips will help you save on your next LTL shipping:
• Proper Packaging
Customers are always concerned with the condition of the shipment when it arrives at its destination. To avoid damages; it is important to package the load correctly. To protect the integrity of the pallet and the freight; it is advisable to shrink wrap them together.
Ensure that you add visible labels to the packaging of fragile shipments. Try and maximize the space on the pallet. If it takes extra area, you may have to pay an additional fee.
• Choice of Carrier
Find a carrier that meets your specific needs and offers quality service. You also have to take into consideration the distance for delivery. At Tenax Transport, we provide both national and regional distribution services.
You also have to understand the classifications of freight. These classifications mainly depend on density, handling, liability, etc. of the shipment.
• Consolidate Orders
You can combine different small LTL shipments into a large one. You will save money by consolidating the shipments into one. To make combining of orders effective, you first have to understand the delivery times of the requests, if they are heading in the same direction.
• Understand your Shipment
Don’t use an estimate for the size or weight of your shipment. If it turns out to be wrong, you will be charged an administration fee, to correct. Also, you need to ensure that the correct and exact description is noted on the bill of lading.
The same applies to the item number of the shipment. To keep your costs to a minimum, you have to avoid these surprise charges.
Don’t look at rates when choosing a carrier. The process also affects the total cost of shipping.