Choosing LTL Less Than Truckload Carrier (COMMON CARRIER) : IS LEAST EXPENSIVE ALWAYS BEST?

Posted On 1st March 2016
It may be that the least expensive LTL carrier is the best one for you to use, but here some points for you to consider:

1. Reliability of pickup and drop-off:   

If you or your clients are not very flexible, then only a few carriers may be able to service your pickup and drop-off points reliably.  You can check Carrier Reviews at FreightRun.com, although some of this is very local and it matters how far away the terminal is from you.

2. Upcharges: 

Does the carrier you pick always reweigh and re-inspect your freight and challenge the NMFC number or class you try to use?  This is a huge drain on your time and an added expense if they successfully charge you more.  The problem is, they are usually right on the facts!

3. Insurance coverage:  

Look into the value of your freight vs. the loss value the carrier will pay if your cargo is lost or damaged.  Also consider the company’s reputation by reading Carrier Reviews at FreightRun.com.

4. Transit times actually achieved: 

Look at what the carrier says is standard for them in that lane, and check Carrier Reviews on Freight Run to see what other clients say about their actual experiences.

FreightRun.com personnel would be happy to investigate these issues with you, and to set-up your online account to only view the truckers you WANT to see, the ones you KNOW can service your specific needs.  Let us know if we can help! 

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