How To Get An LTL Freight Quote

September 11, 2018 by Mikayla Avila Vila
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Getting an LTL freight quote is an easy endeavor when you use FreightCenter’s instant freight quote tool, but before you go plugging all your information in, let us walk you through the process. There are several factors that play into figuring LTL freight quotes, and understanding them will pull a more accurate quote.

The Beginner’s Guide to Less-Than-Truckload

Less-than-truckload, or LTL, is a cost-effective method of transporting freight. Truck capacity sharing consolidates multiple shippers’ cargo onto the same trailer. Shippers only have to pay for the space their cargo occupies. These shipments can be anywhere between 150 lbs. To 10,000 lbs.

Getting An LTL Freight Quote

Finding your LTL freight quote through FreightCenter’s instant quote form makes the whole endeavor a cinch. After choosing LTL as your shipping mode in step one, continue to step two, start location. Here’s a breakdown of each section of the quote form.

Start location

This is the consignor’s—or the shipper’s—location. More than a zip code, you’ll need to know information about the shipping terminal.

  • Does the location require a liftgate?
  • Have you checked to see if the start location is considered limited access—like a military facility or a school?
  • Is the location built for business, or is the delivery site residential?

Ask your freight agent for clarification and thorough vetting before you book a shipment to avoid surprise charges.

End location

This is the consignee’s—or recipient’s—location. Similar questions to the starting location apply to the end location. Begin your quote with the detailed information necessary (location-based, required accessorials) to avoid any potential billing adjustments. 

Items to ship

The specs on the shipment should be exact.

  • Packaging—When you measure the dimensions of your freight make sure to include the measurements of your packaging to avoid oversize fees.
  • Weight—If you’re unsure of the weight, try visiting a junkyard, or contact a freight terminal and ask if you can use their scale to weigh your freight. The carrier will reweigh your shipment; make it precise. Don’t round the declared weight up or down. Listing incorrect weight is the number one reason for billing adjustments. Relearn how you think about weight in our blog Weight, Weight…Don’t Tell Me.
  • Total Dimensions—With LTL freight, you’re paying for the space your cargo occupies on the trailer, making accurate dimensions crucial. Without accurate numbers, your LTL freight quote rate is liable to increase. Learn more about dimensions and other key measurements in our Keys to Shipping Happiness Part 2: Vital Freight Measurements.
  • Freight Class—The National Motor Freight Class, or NMFC, will affect your quote price, especially if inaccurate. Your NMFC is based on stowability, ease of handling, liability, and density. Figuring out freight class can be tricky, especially for first time shippers, so don’t hesitate to refer to your freight agent’s expertise. That’s what we’re here for! Take a look at our freight class lookup tool to get started.

FreightCenter’s instant freight quote tool will generate a list of carriers in our network tooled to your specifications.

Getting Your Freight Quote With FreightCenter

Partnering with a third-party logistics company like FreightCenter will pair you with a carrier in our vast network and find you competitive prices within the list generated by our freight quote tool. You’ll have access to our partnership of carriers while also having a dedicated and expert freight agent assigned to your shipment.

Get started on a quote or call us at 800.716.7608—we’re ready to help!

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