Freight shipping to various types of locations: What to consider.

April 5, 2017

Basic freight shipping services typically include a contract carrier pulling up to a dock, where the shipper loads their freight and it’s on its way. The delivery process is similar. Drivers are likely pulling up to a dock where consignees are prepared to receive and unload the shipment. Freight carriers are not usually expected to touch the freight.

However, depending on the freight’s final destination, the process may not be as straight forward. Let’s take a look at some common types of freight shipping destinations and a few things to remember for each. 


Shipping to a business with a dock or forklift. 

If your business has a dock or a forklift where you can load or unload freight without the assistance of a driver, you may not need additional services for freight handling. However, if you want the carrier to make an appointment or advise when the freight is out for delivery, that’s an additional service you’ll want to consider. 


Shipping to a business without a dock or forklift. 

When freight is more than 100 lbs. and you need the means to lift it up into a trailer, or lower it down from a trailer, you’ll need a liftgate.

Liftgates are not present on all trailers, so you’ll want to request it during quoting and booking, ensuring your initial quote is accurate, and also that your freight can be delivered on the first try. Note there are additional fees associated with incomplete delivery attempts. 


Shipping to a residence or non-commercial location.

Not all businesses are in commercially zoned areas and some folks in residential neighborhoods have a need for freight deliveries. It can be done, but there will be additional fees charged. Be up front about your location. An accurate quote makes the process better for everyone. 

This is also important because not all carrier equipment is allowed down residential roads or in areas that are non-commercial. You’ll also need to consider the use of a liftgate, and may want a carrier to pick up the freight from or deliver it into a garage for an additional fee. 

Another option to consider is pickup and delivery from a carrier terminal. With this option, the recipient can choose to pick up their shipment at a local carrier’s dock to save time and money. Typically, a freight service provider can help locate the nearest terminal to your location.


Shipping to a limited access destination. 

These locations may be gated or require atypical equipment in order to complete the delivery. An additional fee is required by most carriers in order to complete this process. 

When shipping to a limited access destination, you’ll need to consider the use of a liftgate. Further, you may have to request the carrier to come inside to pick up the freight or deliver it inside a door for an additional fee. 

Remember, strip malls and schools are often considered limited access. 


Shipping to a trade show or convention. 

Due to the highly-regimented convention center and trade show systems, it will cost a touch more to pick up and deliver there. When shipping to a trade show, be sure to plan ahead, include the trade show or convention name and booth number on the BOL, and place labels on each handling unit of the shipment. It’s also critical that you ensure the carrier you are working with has the clearance needed to deliver to trade show locations. 


Shipping to a construction site.

These locations may require special equipment in order to complete delivery. As a result, an additional fee is required by most carriers. Don’t forget to consider the use of a liftgate when quoting and planning your shipment to a construction site.

Here are some additional freight shipping services available: 

  • Sort and segregate: Choose when your delivery needs sorted by brand, size or other markings. 
  • Collect on delivery: Shippers can request the driver to obtain payment for the shipping or cost of goods from the consignee. 
  • Arrival notification: This service is available if the receiver would like to be notified when the shipment is out for delivery.
  • Delivery appointment: The consignee may request a carrier to schedule delivery on a specific time or day.  


Final thoughts.

When shipping to various locations, remember the process may differ from shipment to shipment. We hope we’ve set your expectations and are prepared for smooth freight shipping.  

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