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Top 12 Freight Shipping Tips Using Common Carriers 

Posted On 1st May 2018

Freight Shipping Tips Tip # 1Once you receive the BOL via email, please print and have it ready for the driver when they arrive for the pickup. If you are not at the pickup location, please forward the BOL to the shipper and make sure they receive it and use the BOL by providing it to the driver. If correct BOL is not provided, the carrier will not know who is the billing party and will attempt to collect charges upon delivery.Tip # 2If your shipment is a time sensitive shipment: The Timeframe the carrier states ...

TRUCKING TRAILERS: Dry Van, Reefer Vans, Specialty Vans, Flatbeds and Specialized Flats 

Posted On 19th April 2018

Trailer Trucks In the United States, there is a big division between vans and flatbeds.A van trailer is simply a covered trailer – you see it often on the road.  Here is a picture of a standard van trailer being hauled by a tractor:Standard van measurements do vary – so “standard” is a bit of a misnomer. There are also refrigerated (reefer) vans, which have the refrigerated unit attached outside.  The inside measurements are smaller, even in the “space saver reefer& ...

ELD Implementation and Enforcement Leading to Spike in Full Truckload and Direct LTL Prices 

Posted On 23th January 2018

Trucks The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate recently went into effect and is having an immediate impact on the trucking market.In 2015 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) declared standards for ELDs.  An ELD is hardware that connects directly to the truck’s engine and logs H.O.S. – hours of service – automatically.   So unlike with a handwritten logbook, there is no way to “fudge” those hours. The goal of course is to prevent accid ...

Cubic Capacity Rule/Density Minimum Charges: Common Carrier Handling of Low Density Product on Larger Shipments 

Posted On 20th January 2018

Surpised by Capacity Rule? For any shipment over 250 cubic feet – beware – normal pricing may not apply.  The specifics vary depending on which common carrier you are at the mercy of, and are outlined in the carrier’s tariff.  The tariff is the de-facto contract between carriers and their customers, and even though customers do not necessarily sign it, it has been upheld in courts as binding! Some carriers invoke their cubic capacity rule at 250 cubic feet, others at 500 – depending ...

LTL Cargo Liability for Common Carrier Shipments and Importance of Insurance 

Posted On 3rd November 2017

Freight Insurance Have you ever read the Tariff of the Common Carrier you have chosen to use?  An attorney would tell you that you are flying blind if you have not.  In that Tariff are so many rules, little known rules that shift the legal responsibility for the shipment to the shipper and freight payer.   There are many Tariff Rules that are completely counterintuitive and basically say, if you give the common carrier a shipment that is too large, they can charge you double, triple or quadrup ...