UPS Freight: Get Better UPS LTL Rates

ups freight The UPS Freight division of UPS is one of the largest groups within the massive UPS empire. UPS? You’ve probably heard of them. They’ve become the defacto choice for small package ground shipping throughout the United States. But what most people don’t know about UPS freight is that they offer excellent LTL rates as well. In fact, UPS less than truckload rates are some of the best in the business in terms of reliability and affordability. They are everything their brand name promises them to be. UPS freight quotes are not one of the main freight LTL carriers like Roadrunner or R&L Carriers. Because of their size, they operate on a different scale than those carriers (and Roadrunner and R&L are some of the biggest LTL carriers in the country). But UPS freight is a global company.
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.

LTL Freight Rates with UPS to Mexico

ups to mexico So you’re wanting to ship to Mexico? We’re happy to offer UPS to Mexico LTL freight rates here at FreightPros. Partnering with the big brown affords our customers a plethora of freight options when shipping to our southern neighbors, and along with our Canada shipping opportunities, expands our coverage map to international levels. If/when you decide to move some freight using UPS to Mexico, there are some things to keep in mind. This blog can walk you through the steps of getting that Mexico LTL quote, and making sure your freight’s transit smooth and easy.

Shipping UPS to Mexico

While 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 Need

Anytime 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 Broker

As 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.
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Federal Express Shipping Rates | Get Better LTL Rates

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Federal Express Shipping
Federal Express shipping rates are some of the best in the small package or parcel shipping game. Everyone knows this. But, you ask, I’ve never heard of “Federal Express.” It sounds like something familiar but…oh wait…FEDeral EXpress. Right. Federal Express shipping AKA FedEx shipping is one of the largest movers of freight on the planet. Along with UPS, they make up the majority of the small packaged courier industry. But what you might not know about is the Federal Express shipping rates for LTL and Fedex volume. We’ve discussed that regular LTL shipments are not the same as Amazon,  small package UPS, Post Office shipping, or small package FedEx. LTL shipments are commonly heavier, use pallets, freight class, and sometimes charge extra for residential delivery services. And while there are hundreds of carriers both big (R & L Freight) and small (New Penn) that service primarily LTL, Federal Express Shipping also has LTL rates. But how does the pricing work for Federal Express shipping? This is often a lane by lane situation, but our Account Executives spend hours on the phone getting us better contracts with carriers both regional and national that focus primarily (or some cases solely) on LTL shipping, rather than small package or full truckload rates. And while Federal Express certainly has good rates and excellent service, that doesn’t mean that other carriers don’t have a coverage map. Carriers such as Roadrunner or Central Freight have hundreds of terminals spread out across the country, not to mention contracts with tons of other carriers for interline purposes. Different carriers are better for different things. Some are regional, some are national, some are faster transit, and some slower – it just depends what you’re looking for! If you’ve never tried to get a quote using one of our fleet of LTL carriers such as Federal Express shipping, contact us and we’ll answer all your questions. A broker handles all aspects of your freight shipments, and that includes getting you the best price available. cc image courtesy BriYYZ via Flickr
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Residential Delivery: LTL Residential Freight Services

residential freight services   Getting freight picked up from or delivered to a residence is different when shipping LTL than when you’re shipping small package with UPS or Amazon. Part of this has to do with the size of most LTL freight shipments. LTL shipments are rarely a cardboard box that can be left on a doorstep. More often than not they are palletized and weigh over 100lbs. The second has to do with the size of the truck delivering or picking up the freight. Residential streets are often small and not equipped to accommodate a semi-truck.

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Because of these LTL shipping aspects, if you need something picked up from or delivered to a residence you’ll need to pay the additional services fee for LTL Residential Delivery or Residential Pickup. All freight carriers are different, so check with your freight broker for pricing. Unfortunately one charge does not cover both pickup and residential delivery. As pickup will be handled by one terminal, and delivery handled by another terminal (and sometimes even a different carrier due to interlining) residential delivery is a separate charge from residential pickup.

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.

Residential Pickups/Delivery Fees

If you are having LTL freight delivered to a residence, make sure that you’ve selected the Residential Delivery additional service, as well as a Destination Liftgate. When creating the BOL, make sure you put the street address and contact information for the resident in the Special Instructions where it’s clearly visible and legible. The carrier will need to call and make a delivery appointment with the resident, and without correct contact information delivery delays can occur.

Freight Paper – Instructions for Receiving an LTL Shipment

Standard protocol for LTL shipping is business to business and dock to dock. This does not mean that they can’t deliver or pick up from a residence, it just means that you’ll need to pay for some additional services and make sure you have all the necessary contact information on the BOL used at the time of pickup. Residential Delivery / Residential freight services in LTL shipping are not things you should be afraid of, and a few simple steps will go a long way to ensuring your freight moves successfully.
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