Getting a Good Shipping Quote: What You Need to Know

When you’re ready to ship and you’re shopping for rates, there are a few key pieces of information that will help you get a timely and accurate quote. Our sales and service staff have shared their recommendations below.

When it comes to size, the more specific you are, the better! For any type of shipping, be it small package, international air freight, or domestic LTL freight, you need to have the weight and dimensions. This is because for most kinds of shipping, your freight will share space with other freight in a vehicle or vessel, so your price will depend (in part) on how much of that valuable space your item takes up.

The same goes for your item description; the more specific you can be the better. For domestic LTL, we’ll need to know the freight class, and for international shipping we need it to make sure it is an item that will pass TSA regulations. Our experts can help you answer these questions if you provide a clear description of your product.

Finally, if you’re unfamiliar with what type of shipping you need, take a moment to read up on the options. In general, your item’s dimensions will be the biggest factor in determining what method is best for shipping.

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