Getting Ahead of LTL Freight Embargoes

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Missed pickups and delays happen in LTL (less-than-truckload) shipping and this can be quite stressful especially for time-sensitive shipments. We face a bigger problem with major delays when we experience freight embargo. Our team assess every situation and provide the best solution as well as how to get ahead of this scenario.

What is a freight embargo?

An embargo is any event that prevents the freight from being accepted or handled.

Why and when do carriers implement embargoes?

Most LTL carriers are operating at full capacity and embargoes are one way that carriers can manage their overwhelming volumes. Carriers will analyze their markets to determine what freight fits best for their routes and maximize their capacity. When carriers place an embargo it means they will stop the movement of freight to or from a particular area. These can last days, weeks and even months.

How does this impact you?

This can present challenges for a shipper or receiver in one of the affected areas. If a commonly used carrier puts an embargo on a location that you ship or receive to, then you are forced to use a different and possibly more expensive carrier. On top of that, if a carrier puts an embargo on a certain area then all other carriers will take on more freight than usual. It’s almost inevitable that this will cause delays.

How can FreightPros help?

We understand embargoes can be very frustrating and disrupt your business in a negative way. We want to help the best we can. First, we can vet the current carriers that can haul your freight to and from areas affected by embargoes. We will advise the best carrier to use in the absence of your regular carrier. Also, because we have seen transit delays with embargoes, we suggest shipping a few days ahead of schedule to ensure your freight delivers on time. We can provide you transit estimates as well as costs per carrier.

Call a FreightPros team member at (888) 297-6968 or contact us on our website www.freightpros.com. We will set you up for success!

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Less Than Truckload Rates | What You Need For LTL Shipping Rates

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A less than truckload (LTL) shipping rate is based on several different factors, all of which we’ll go over in this blog.  If you’re unsure of how these relate to your product, just let us know and we’ll help you out! Typically, an LTL quote will take up less than 12 feet of linear space on a truck. For those of you who don’t have truck dimensions tacked to your office walls, this equates to 6 standard size pallets, not stacked. A standard size pallet is typically 48” x 40” or sometimes 48” x 48”. If your shipment takes up more space than this, you may need  a volume shipping quote or a Full Truckload quote. Now that we’ve defined LTL, what exactly do we need to get accurate less than truckload rates? It comes down to 4 basic must-haves: Origin zip code, destination zip code, total weight, and freight class. I can’t say this enough: THESE FOUR PIECES OF INFORMATION ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. The zip codes and total weight are self-explanatory, but freight class can sometimes be more complicated.  We have an excellent blog explaining freight class if you need assistance on that end. Your freight broker can help with your freight class as well. Another vital piece of information for less than truckload rates is the mention of additional services. The standard LTL shipment is business-to-business and dock-to-dock. If you don’t have a shipping dock or forklift to get the pallets off the truck, you’ll need a liftgate, which can cost extra.  Residential shipping also costs extra, as do several other things. Check out our Additional Services Cheat Sheet for more information on theses accessorials. They can change your freight quote and can make a difference in which carrier you select. Less than truckload has a lot of moving parts, and this blog is just a primer. If you’re new to shipping, be sure to download our Beginner’s Freight Shipping Guide, and check in on our collection of instructional Freight Papers, all available for FREE on our website. Happy Shipping! CC image courtesy Sergio Russo via Flickr

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