Alert: Recent Overlength Issues and How to Handle Them

July 3, 2018 by Meyer Baron
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We’ve recently seen a sharp rise in the number of carriers that have reduced their overlength limits to 96” (8 feet). These carriers continue to ship items that are more than 96” in length, but they charge extra to do so. This change has become an inconvenience and an extra expense for many of our shippers.
Fortunately, there are two practical solutions for dealing with the overlength issue.

1. Try another carrier

FreightCenter works with a number of outstanding carriers that have not reduced their overlength limit, including some whose overlength limit remains at 144” (12 feet). If you’re shipping an object that is longer than 96”, and your usual carrier has reduced their overlength limit to 96”, be sure to ask your shipping agent to compare the rates between that carrier and one whose overlength limit has not been reduced. You may experience significant savings.

2. If possible, shorten the length of your freight

It may not be possible for you to shorten the length of your freight, but we recently had a customer who had booked a shipment of 16’ pipe. One of our agents called him to see if the pipe needed to be that long when shipped? After giving it some thought, he realized that the pipe was going to be cut in half once it was delivered, anyway, and that he could save money by cutting it in half before it was shipped.

The long and the short of it is that FreightCenter’s agents are always here to help you when you need it. If you are confronted with overlength issues, give us a call at 800.716.7608 and we will help you find the best solution.

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