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The term parcel sometimes signifies residential, or small shipper, in the freight industry, but that kind of definition isn’t a box parcel fits neatly into. Actually, there’s more to parcel than meets the eye! We get that reevaluating your shipping habits sounds time-consuming—and time is money where freight’s concerned—but there’s a silver lining: shipping parcel alongside your less-than-truckload cargo (and vice versa!) could save you big.

Since parcel falls under different size requirements entirely, it’s easy to assume that all things big and bulky are freight (everything from 151 lbs. and up) and should be shipped like freight. For parcel, we keep an eye on dimensional weight.

Reassess the measurements of your shipment to see if it qualifies as parcel. Here’s a quick refresher:

Parcel Is:

- Under 150 lbs.

- 108 in. or less in length.

- Less than 165 in. in both length and girth combined.

To calculate girth:

- Measure the width of the package, multiply this number by two.

- Measure the height of the package, multiply this number by two.

- Add these two numbers together. This is your girth.

- Now, add your length + girth to see if the total is under 165 in.

A good rule of thumb for deciding which to choose is this: If you believe the item falls within a high freight class category, the weight of the commodity is 150 lbs. and its dimensions are within range, choose parcel. While freight class is a non-issue for parcel, your commodity will reap the benefits of parcel services—meaning it will be handled with more care. If it’s close to 150 lbs. but has a lower freight class (or is more durable), is stackable, and fits within the dimensions, choose LTL.

Remember, 844-212-7447. Saving money doesn’t have to cost you more time: Let FreightCenter be your one-stop-shop for shipping.


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