They employ not only trucks, but trains, planes, boats, and basically anything else that moves, to ship UPS freight across the world.You can imagine how exciting it is for us, then, having the option to offer their services to our customers across the United States. I think most people or companies that are newer to freight shipping probably end up going with either UPS Freight or Fedex Freight because they aren’t aware of the other options out there. Both these companies are at the top of the game in terms of technology options, integration, tracking and performance. But if you’re a residual shipper, and especially one who uses a bunch of different carriers, it’s worth it to throw UPS freight in the mix. UPS LTL quotes come across basically the same way as any other LTL carrier. They’ll supply you with rates dependent on freight class, pickup locations, and total weights. You can use your TMS to schedule the pickup and track the shipment, and then watch until it gets delivered. Bottom line: UPS freight can give you options. It’s not just small package, parcel shipments for the guys in brown.
Shipping UPS to MexicoWhile we’re happy to offer shipping rates from the USA to Mexico, we cannot, at this time, offer intrastate quotes for Mexico. Each UPS shipment that we handle to Mexico will have at least one point in the United States. It can be either the pickup location or the delivery location, but one foot has to be in the USA. If you’re looking for Mexico quotes with both locations in Mexico, there are options, but you’ll have to reach out to another third party provider.
Documents You’ll NeedAnytime you’re shipping internationally, you’ll need additional documents and information. First, you’ll still need your basic information for any LTL shipment: pickup and delivery locations, freight class, total weight (packaging and pallets included), and commodity information (what it is you’re shipping). You’ll also need:
- Bill of Lading – Your broker will supply you with a special BOL to be given to the carrier at the time of pickup. Make sure you use the correct BOL, the one provided to you by your broker, and not one you’ve created on your own, or one the shipper provided.
- Commercial Invoice – Your broker will be able to provide the correct form but you’ll need to provide the invoice number and date, customer references, part numbers, product descriptions, and unit prices.
- Packing List – Fill out the list your broker provides with information such as exporter references and dates, box and package counts, gross weight, net weight, cubic dimensions, and whether the shipment is deemed hazardous or not.
- NAFTA Certificate of Origin – This North American Free Trade Agreement will be used in the Customs process and must be filled out correctly to transport freight across borders. It includes tax and tariff agreements, as well as exporter and importer information.
- Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED) – This will be required for shipment’s that have a declared value of $2500 or more.
Customs BrokerAs with other international shipments, you’ll need the assistance of a Customs broker. While FreightPros does not offer this service, there are Customs broker services available directly through UPS, and they can assist you in the process of getting your freight shipment to clear Customs. On the broker side, you’ll need to include the Customs broker name and contact information in the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS portion of the bill of lading. Without this information, your freight could get delayed crossing the border. If you’re interested in learning more about LTL or freight shipping in general, be sure to download our Beginner’s Guide to Freight Shipping, recently updated for 2016.
You Will Need a Liftgate
The other thing to keep in mind for residential freight services is that you’ll probably need a Liftgate for both pickup and residential delivery. LTL carriers are not moving companies, so they will not take freight to the front door. If you’re having freight picked up at a residence you’ll need to have the freight palletized and on the street so the driver can easily get the freight on to the truck. Unless you have a forklift or the freight is small, you’ll need a liftgate to help get the freight on or off the back of the truck. Some carriers do not charge for liftgate fees and some do, however if you are charged for a liftgate you’ll need one for both pickup and residential delivery.