Millions of people across the globe, send packages, letters, and small items via either private or government parcel service. Packages sent through these services are regulated by the government, which imposes size and weight limits that control the type of package that can be sent by mail carrier providers.
More About Freight Shipping
Freight is the shipping method used for shipping items that cannot be shipped by a post office or parcel company, due to their sheer size and volume. For example, cars that are manufactured overseas, arrive in the United States by way of freight. Generally, freight carriers specialize in shipments of more than one hundred pounds or packages that are large and bulky.
Freight specialists determine the best shipping method for your package based on the information you provide to them. From there, they tell you the best means of transportation for your oversized package. This form of transporting goods can be done by land, sea, train, air, or any combination thereof.
There are two specific terms depending on the type of package you’re sending, and the way it is transported to its final destination. Smaller freight shipments are often consolidated and called “less than a truckload” (LTL) shipments. LTL shipments are often the less expensive freight shipping option. LTL shipments include minimal insurance coverage of your shipped goods. LTL is provided by most major parcel carriers and permits a timely and safe delivery, that can be tracked by the sender.
Larger packages, weighing 8,000 pounds or more are hauled by a designated truck or container. These shipments are called “truck load” (TL) parcels. TL shipping prices are dependent on supply and demand in the marketplace. The cost of shipping parcels that are heavier than 8,000 pounds fluctuates based on the market conditions.
Both LTL and TL parcel shipping are great options for shipping large packages across the country and around the world. Something to keep in mind is that there is often a lengthy process of paperwork and credit checks involved in shipping freight. It is also the shipping party’s responsibility to load the freight items in LTL shipments and arrange for able body unloading upon delivery, as this is not the responsibility of the truck driver.