Leaving your old home behind is always difficult, but getting your belongings to your new home doesn't need to be. Freight shipping is a great way to safely and efficiently transport your furniture, artwork, antiques, and even your mattress over long distances, but a lot of people are confused about freight shipping. If you're relocating and thinking about shipping your belongings, keeping reading and let us dispel three of the most common misconceptions about freight shipping.
What Is Freight Shipping?
Let’s start with the basics: How does freight shipping differ from other moving/shipping options? Freight shipping involves transporting goods or cargo by commercial carrier across land, air or water. If your package is too heavy for parcel shipping (over 150 pounds), you must transport it using freight service. When shipping freight, you handle all the packing, boxing and crating. The shipper picks up your freight, loads your boxes and crates, and sees that they are delivered to their destination.
The 3 Most Common Misconceptions About Freight Shipping
We’d like to clarify the misconceptions so you can make a fully informed decision about how to ship your items.
1. Shipping Is Difficult
If you were to contact a carrier directly to set up freight transportation for your items, then yes, the process might be complicated — but it doesn’t have to be. The best professional freight shipping companies make the process simple and easy to understand by taking of details like paperwork and freight shipping classes. Plus, you don’t have to locate a reliable carrier.
2. Shipping Is Expensive
Actually, freight shipping is not expensive — it can be your cheapest shipping option. Why? Because you wrap, box and/or crate the items. At TSI, your shipping price is based on the weight of your items and the distance between your origin and destination. Our experts can help you estimate the weight of your total shipment. When you ship with TSI, you get high-quality service at cheap freight rates. In fact, our freight shipping price can be up to 50 percent less than that of other carriers, depending on what and where you’re shipping.
Two types of shipping are available. Which option you choose depends on the amount of goods you are shipping.
- Full truckload shipping (FTL) is used to transport a large amount of goods. For example, if you are shipping an entire household or office full of furniture, equipment and more, then this is the option for you.
- Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping means that your items share a truck — and its cost — with other LTL shipments. This is the most inexpensive shipping option, and it’s ideal for moving your furniture and household goods from a small apartment or for shipping just a few items.
3. Some Items Are Too Big, Too Small or Too Fragile To Ship
Practically any item can be shipped — regardless of its shape or size. Our only requirement is that your freight shipment weigh at least 100 pounds; parcel shipping is more economical than freight shipping for small packages.
Here are a few tips for packing your items for freight shipment:
Packing Large Items
- Measure the dimensions of your large item.
- Order properly sized boxes or build your own using corrugated cardboard. Electronics should be wrapped in their original packaging, if available.
- Before wrapping furniture, remove the feet or other parts that could break off.
- Wrap your items in Styrofoam sheets or moving blankets to cushion them before placing into boxes or crates.
- Fill any extra space with packing material to prevent movement during transport.
- Seal boxes securely with strong packaging tape.
- Remove all old labels (if applicable) and boldly label boxes with your name and new address.
- Crating provides the ultimate protection for large items. If you’re handy, you can build a crate, but please contact us for professional crating service if you’re not up to the job.
- If you need to palletize a particularly large shipment, use only pallets in good condition, stack boxes evenly and wrap the entire pallet load with shrink-wrap.
Packing Small Items
- Keep similar items together to help prevent damage and to make it easier for you when unpacking.
- Putting heavier items on the bottom of boxes avoids crushing of smaller items.
- Do not overload your boxes. A too-heavy box is hard to carry, and the weight could result in the box breaking and your items falling out.
- Fill extra room in each box with bubble wrap or packing peanuts to prevent damage caused by movement during shipping.
- Seal boxes securely with packaging tape.
- Clearly label each box with your name and the address of your destination.
Packing Fragile Items
- Wrap each item individually in at least two inches of padding, bubble wrap or newspaper for maximum protection.
- Place in a box that is several inches larger than the item, and then pad the sides of the box with extra cushioning.
- Put that box inside another, larger box. Fill the remaining space in the second box with bubble wrap or packing peanuts.
- Securely tape the outer box shut with strong packaging tape.
- Label the outer box with your name and address, and “Fragile” on all sides.
TSI Is Your Reliable and Trusted Freight Shipper
Consider Transit Systems, Inc. for all your freight shipping needs. We ship your boxed, crated or palletized items safely, on time and on budget. We offer ground and air shipping to anywhere in the United States. Plus, we ship internationally to most major cities around the world. Contact our friendly freight shipping experts to discuss your freight options or to obtain a free freight shipping quote for your boxed or crated items.