- Drop trailers can sometime lead to delays. Because pickups may not happen every day, that pushes the delivery date back. But before you panic about freight delays, remember that the manufacturer is often very aware a drop trailer is being used, and so should the buyer. Most drop trailer situations do not revolve around freight that is time-sensitive. If your freight is on a tight schedule, make sure to use a different carrier, or even look at hot shipments.
- Not all carriers do drop trailers. Just because one carrier uses a drop trailer at a certain location doesn’t mean that EVERY carrier uses a drop trailer there. Trailers belong to carriers, so if you’re averse to a drop on a shipment, simply look at using a different carrier. It may not be the cheapest of the bunch, but there will always be options available. Just ask your broker.
- Stay away from perishables. For obvious reasons, if you’re shipping perishable items, make sure you’re not dealing in drop trailers. Nobody wants apples and oranges sitting in the summer heat for days until rotten. You probably won’t run into this problem as shipping produce is it’s own process, but if you’re worried about, just make sure the carrier knows what they’re shipping.
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