What to Look for in a Freight Shipping Company
You don’t have to be sending or receiving a lot of packages in order to benefit from using a freight shipping company. Anyone who buys or sells something large online will need to find a way to ship it to their home. Items like vehicles, pieces of machinery for a home shop, large pieces of furniture, or even a standard sewing machine can all be shipped via freight. Whatever you need to ship, you want to make sure that it’s transported safely. Here’s what you should look for when choosing a freight shipping company.
The most important thing to look for is a service you can afford. Some companies offer a flat rate, which is good if you’re shipping something large, but not so good if it’s on the smaller side. You should also make sure that the company you’ve chosen can handle the size of your order. Otherwise, you may be charged a hefty fee because your freight was 100 pounds more than they usually haul, or there may be additional costs if your package doesn’t meet their size requirement.
You really want to make sure that the shipping company will handle your shipment carefully and will deliver on time. Chasing down your package only to find out it is lost in customs will be frustrating to say the least. Look for a company that is well known, has positive reviews, and/or was recommended to you by someone you trust.
While you’re primarily choosing a shipping company to handle the actual shipping, it’s also important that you can get your shipment without too much hassle. Some freight companies won’t deliver to residential or commercial locations, only to industrial locations. Some won’t even go that far, and once the package comes off the plane or the boat, it’s up to you to come and collect it. Make sure that you know their policies before you have them ship for you.