Need something shipped as quickly as possible? There are multiple freight shipping options available for businesses and private citizens who are looking to coordinate a pick-up or delivery with a short timeframe. Typically, this means either emergency, expedited, or same day shipping.
Though emergency and expedited shipping both focus on getting cargo where it’s needed as quickly as possible, these services are not interchangeable, and the ideal service will depend on the individual circumstances of your shipment. The best freight shipping companies will work with you to find the best shipping solution for your cargo, timeline, and budget, including:
- Coordinating special equipment or vehicles, such as refrigerated trucks for temperature-controlled medical supplies, or air-ride suspension for fragile machinery
- Professional moving crews with experience transporting your cargo, including fragile, valuable materials
- Dedicated customer service and timely updates on the status of your shipment
Keep reading to learn more about emergency, expedited, and same day shipping, as well as when to use each service.
Emergency shipping services specialize in getting life-saving supplies into areas affected by natural disasters, as well as evacuation zones, as quickly as possible. Businesses and private citizens can both use emergency shipping services to send goods, supplies, and resources to areas impacted by events like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and more. The most commonly shipped items are:
- Crates of food and water
- Medical supplies
- Heavy equipment
- Construction materials
TSI offers local and long distance emergency shipping services in the contiguous United States, as well as air and ocean freight for US territories and most international destinations. As long as seaports and airports are open, we can get cargo and supplies where they are needed most.
When to use emergency shipping services:
The main goal of expedited shipping is to fast-track the shipping process in order to get your cargo to its final destination as quickly as possible, which makes this type of service ideal for time sensitive deliveries and last minute shipments. Businesses and private citizens can utilize expedited shipping. Unlike emergency shipping, almost anything can be transported using expedited shipping services.
Time sensitive deliveries may include:
For private citizens
Last minute shipments may include:
For private citizens
Typically, fast-tracking the shipping process is achieved in one of two ways:
- Streamlining truck freight by ensuring trucks don’t stop along the way to reload (which is common for LTL shipments), or by using two drivers who work in shifts.
- Sending cargo via direct or indirect air freight.
Expedited shipments typically take 2-3 business days, and can be utilized for both long distance domestic and international shipments.
When to use expedited shipping services:
Preparing for Natural Disaster
The best way to prepare for natural disasters like hurricanes or wildfires is to create a plan for how you’ll handle the storm well in advance. Keep reading our emergency preparedness resources for our tips on preparing for disaster and to learn how you can help after disaster strikes.