Some trucking companies will only haul palletized freight, while others will move loose freight in containers, and still others loose freight of any kind within the box of a straight truck or cargo van. Loose freight takes more time to load and offload and therefore requires more manpower. More manpower usually translates to added labor costs which would then likely be passed on to you, the consumer.
Typically, palletized freight stays more secure and is less likely to be damaged in transit. If you are a shipper and you have the ability to palletize your freight I would highly recommend doing so. Palletized freight is easy to move and handle with the use of a pallet jack and if your pallets can be stacked, then this will translate to added cost reductions to you as well.
When shipping LTL (“less than load”) freight is identified based on density and cargo “class”. Classifications can seem arbitrary, even to people in the industry, but how a particular piece of cargo is classified can and will effects its shipment costs.
Certain companies, especially small or local ones will likely offer reduced shipping rates for frequent shipments. As a pointer, ask to speak to the general manager or the person involved in pricing shipments to negotiate the best deal for your freight.
To discuss shipping options and how to get the best quote for your freight, contact First Call Trucking.