Freight Quote

The dollars and cents on your cargo

When it comes to finding the right freight company for your shipping needs, it’s a fine balance between quality and cost. If you want to get the best deal while still ensuring your cargo is in good hands, you have to do the legwork.

Freight Quotes and Shipping Costs

It’s difficult to gauge on your own the exact cost of shipping an item from one destination to another. Freight companies will determine a charge based on the following factors:

  • Distance
  • Weight and size
  • Value
  • Ease of handling of cargo (at pickup and delivery, as well as securing in vehicle)
  • Fragility

Every carrier will have its own rate table, which they will use in combination with distance and class of shipping to determine your total.

Nearly all companies are eager to provide freight quotes to clients, but the important thing to remember is that they are only estimates. The actual cost will be determined once you work out the finer details with the company you choose.

How to Ship

The mode of transportation you use to ship your goods will also play a role in determining the cost of your shipment. Here’s a look at the top two shipping methods and the effects they have on your wallet:

  • Air shipping. Air freight is one of the most convenient ways to get your goods from one place to another – particularly if you’re in a hurry. But you should be prepared to pay for that convenience. While some companies charge a flat shipping rate regardless of whether they ship by air or by ground, others will charge for the convenience of same day and overnight delivery. Be sure to weigh your timeline against your budget before you send your cargo into the skies.
  • Truck shipping. For those who have time on their hands to transport goods, trucking freight is an affordable option. Although it can take days or even weeks for your goods to arrive, the savings may make the wait worthwhile. Truck shipping is also beneficial for large item deliveries that might incur an extra fee when sent by air.

Whichever method of shipping you choose, make your shipment run as smoothly as possible by shopping around for the best deal. A freight broker can help you collect a number of quotes before you make a decision.

International Shipping Rate Quotes

Freight quotes from international shippers are even more vital than state-to-state shipments, because you may be subject to various fees and charges associated with passing in and out of the country. The size and weight of your object may also increase fees, as cargo space will be at a premium. Have international freight companies explain their rate systems to you and inquire about any possible additional charges before asking for a quote.

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