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Cheapest Way To Ship Freight Across the Country

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  1. What Is Freight Shipping?
  2. Considerations When Shipping Freight
  3. Working With A Broker
Cheapest Way To Ship Freight Across the Country

If you’re shipping freight long distance or across the country, you’ll want to have a good understanding of the options and limitations, as well as a general idea of how the freight transport process works. For the most part, the major thing you’ll need to consider is which company to use and how to compare prices, services, etc., of any of the companies you’re considering. To get started, let’s make sure we have a clear picture of what exactly freight shipping is and how it differs from standard shipping for things like letters and packages.

What Is Freight Shipping?

Freight shipping refers specifically to anything that is shipped that cannot be shipped through standard mail, which is often referred to as “parcel post.” Among most of the shipping and courier options available, the upper weight limit for sending something parcel post is 70 pounds. Anything heavier than this (which may vary by company) or too large to ship standard will have to be shipped as freight, which means you’ll have to explore options beyond UPS, FedEx and other similar options. The size limits are generally around 108 inches, which includes the combined measurements of length and girth. In most cases, items that are shipped as freight are delivered on pallets, as a truckload, or a partial truckload.

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Considerations When Shipping Freight

There are five main things you need to keep in mind when shipping freight long distance, most of which relate to the details and method of shipment. There are also some factors that are a result of the rules and limitations imposed by the company that will handle the shipment.

  • Weight – How much something weights will impact both the ability of a specific company to handle the shipment, as well as the final cost you’ll pay for shipping. As mentioned above, items that weigh more than 70 pounds typically have to be shipped as freight.
  • Starting & Delivery Location – Where you’re shipping to and from is perhaps the most important consideration if you’re assessing the potential costs of freight shipping. Obviously, the further you need freight shipped, the more it’s likely to cost.
  • Type of Items Being Shipped – If the items you’re shipping are fragile, breakable, or require any type of special handling or service, you will likely have to pay more since there are extra steps involved in the process to ensure safe delivery.
  • Method of Shipment – The method of shipping also plays a role. If you need your delivery to expedited, it will cost more than if you choose standard shipping times. In some cases, you may also have a choice as to whether freight is delivered by ground, ocean, rail, or air shipment.
  • Shipping Company Limitations – Even freight shipping companies may have some limitations on what you can ship. These limits vary between companies and usually have to do with either size or weight, so it’s an important question to ask as you assess which company you plan to use.

Working With A Broker

An easy way to explore all your options without having to make phone calls with each individual company is to use a freight shipping broker. Brokers with freight shippers to match them with customers that need the services they provide, which allows you to compare various options without having to put in the work of contacting them on your own. It’s a good approach if you want to cast a wide net and do some price comparison before making a decision.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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