Freight Shipping

Freight Shipping & Transport Services

  • LTL (less than truckload) & TL/FTL (full truckload) Transport
  • Dry Van, Flatbed and Temperature Control
  • Intermodal Transportation
  • Award Winning Service, Always on Time

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Freight Shipping & Heavy Cargo Transport

For those who need something transported that doesn’t fall under any of our other shipping services, we also offer freight shipping. A-1 Auto Transport shipping provides more services and is not limited to vehicles or certain types of equipment—there are no size or weight restrictions at all.

Types of Freight Shipping Companies

  • LTL - Less Than Truckload Carriers: The LTL freight class can provide warehousing and distribution services for your shipments and business.  They offer the advantage of shipping small quantities at a time since they will be making multiple stops on the supply chain to the same destination.
  • FTL - Full Truck Load Carriers: This type of freight class specializes in shipping up to 53' semi-trailer loads or full truckloads (FTL) for one customer or business outfit. They offer the advantage of moving larger quantities simultaneously but will only go to the destination once.
  • TL - Trailer Load Carriers: These companies specialize in shipping a single trailer load, either one or two containers. They offer the advantage of moving larger quantities at a time and will go to their destination more than once.

Choosing the best freight shipping companies

The factors below will help you choose the best freight shipping companies for your needs:

  1. Coverage - Before choosing, ask which services they offer and how far they travel to pick up or deliver. Will it be in your domestic area? Also, find out if there are any restrictions on the goods and destination (i.e., hazardous materials).
  2. Transit times - Ask how long it will take to arrive at your location, and you determine which service is best.
  3. Range of services - The best freight companies offer a range of services, such as open and enclosed carriers, time-definite schedules, and expedited deliveries on the supply chain. This allows them to adapt their plans to meet individual customer needs.
  4. Reliability and communication - You want to be able to communicate with the companies throughout the process. What are their hours of operation? Do they have an emergency phone number you can call 24/7 if necessary?

Freight Shipment Cost

The pricing of your shipment depends on several factors, such as the distance your goods are traveling,

the freight class you're opting for and how fast you need them.

Examples of Freight Shipping Rates & Transit Time

Shipping To/FromCostDistanceTransit Days
Los Angeles to Las Vegas$115270 miles2-4 days
Chicago to Memphis$255530 miles2-4 days
Atlanta to Detroit$270725 miles3-5 days
Denver to San Diego$3001080 miles4-6 days
San Jose to Dallas$5951275 miles4-6 days
Phoenix to Seattle$6801425 miles4-6 days
Atlanta to Phoenix$4701845 miles5-7 days
Detroit to Las Vegas$5602015 miles6-8 days
Seattle to Memphis$7702285 miles6-8 days
Portland to Miami$12103255 miles7-9 days
  • *Pricing and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and what you are shipping.
  • *Freight rates are based on a shipment of 200 kg.
  • *Call us for specific date and time sensitive requests.

Here are some of the many items we ship and services offered by our freight shipping company:

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Freight Transportation Modes: Containers, Air, Rail, and Trucks


Having the right equipment to ship freight is a key part of the transport process and it goes double for freight companies and heavy-duty hauling. There are a variety of shipping options and equipment at your disposal, but some require special handling while others are easier to manage. The section below outlines the main types, key differences, and requirements of shipping freight.

Most transporting within the U.S. is done using some form of flatbed trucks. The specific type of trailer used depends on the type of freight being hauled and the final destination, but this covers the vast majority of shipments around the continental United States, as well as within the borders of other countries.

While not as common for private shippers or a small business, some freight can and still is moved by rail. The reason it is less common is that most containers can be easily shipped by truck, which makes tracking trains for shipment redundant unless there is enough cargo to make it financially worthwhile for the party doing the shipping.

One of the advantages of intermodal transport is that the container can be easily moved from a train to a truck to a transport ship with relative ease. This makes intermodal shipping a good option for international shipments, provided there is enough room inside the container(s).

Air freight, while on the more expensive end of freight costs, is still an option, even with heavy freight and large cargo. Typically, air freight is used when a shipment must get to an out of the way or otherwise difficult area to get to that may not be as accessible by ship or truck.

Air Freight

Preparing for Freight Shipments

• First, choose how much space you need (a 20' or 40' container).

• Then, choose the type of vehicle you want to ship.

• Lastly, plan your pick-up and drop-off time.

How to Ship Freight using A-1 Auto Transport Freight Shipping Company

Request our pricing structure

Our auto transport freight company will provide you with our pricing structure based on weight or volume and distance.

Prepare your goods

Ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork for a legal move (proof of ownership, registration, driver's license). Also, make sure to remove any personal belongings from your car.

Book a pick-up time

We will need specific instructions on where and when the freight will be ready for pick up.


The time between scheduling and arrival varies depending on where you are located in relation to our terminal locations.

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What Our Customers Say About A-1 Auto Transport Freight Services

I’m a small business owner, and had never shipped anything over 50 pounds in my life with this being my first shipment. I was out of my league when I came across A-1 Auto Transport, but their helpful website and free quote calculator made my shipment very easy and got me a great rate. Highly recommend them.  - Dimitry L

Informative website, excellent customer service and a great way to get the most competitive rates for freight shipments anywhere you need it to go. I’m a seasoned vet when it comes to this and is my go to website for all my freight shipping needs, I’ve never been let down. - Andy D

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Shipping Done Right with the Best Freight Shipping Company

But what makes us stand out is that we offer freight shipping that is tailored towards your needs, as we focus on a combination of strategic route planning and the flexibility to ensure that your freight is being delivered in the best and most affordable way possible. We always utilize the very latest in real-time satellite tracking and shipping technology. The safety and security as well as guaranteed delivery of your freight are also another one of our main priorities.

Our Freight Shipment Services

In today's highly competitive economy, you need to be confident that you're hiring a shipping service that will be able to provide you with fast and effective freight transport in which you not only receive affordable prices but also shipping services that are NEVER late and ALWAYS logistically coordinated to your needs. Our extensive carrier relationships and dedicated customer service team will ensure that will happen.

We offer the following services:

LTL Freight Shipping (Less Than Truckload)

In the majority of cases, you will not need to fill up a whole truck with freight. If that's the case for you, our comprehensive LTL Freight Shipping services is the perfect solution. Whether it's for residential or commercial freight transport, we'll work with you to plan out how to ship your goods, no matter how small, in the most cost-effective, yet efficient way, possible. Our network of carriers specializes in LTL freight shipping, so you can be assured that you'll be getting the best service for the best price possible.

TL Freight Shipping (Truckload)

In some cases, you will have a need for TL freight shipment if you have an extremely large load. In other cases, you may be transporting an extremely delicate load that needs its own truck. Whatever the case may be, our TL freight services will only use the very best in truckload carriers to get you the best that's available on the marketplace.


Intermodal Freight Shipping

For those who are in need of international transport, this is the perfect option. Your freight will be shipped through multiple transportation process, in which it will be securely handled and delivered. We also assist you with all of the duty and customs requirements that are associated with international transport, resulting in less stress for you, better access, minimal delays, and even cost savings.

We also offer expedited freight services for both LTL freight shipping and TL freight shipping, as well as Intermodal freight shipping!

Here are some of the services we offer our freight shipping clients:

Why Choose Us?

By choosing A-1 Auto Transport's Freight Shipping services, you'll receive:

  • Industry-leading expertise from our customer service team
  • Efficiency in freight shipments that results in major COST SAVINGS
  • A simple and fast booking process in which you can ALWAYS speak to a customer service representative
  • The very latest in freight shipping and freight transport GPS tracking technology so that you can receive REAL TIME updates.

Contact us today to speak with a customer service representative to learn more about what we can offer. We will also provide you with a FREE QUOTE.


Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between freight and cargo?

What is freight forwarding? What is the difference between a shipper and a freight forwarder?

How do you determine my freight rates? Is it by size? Weight? Both? If you give me a quote, how long will it be good?

What kind of carrier transports my freight?

Will my freight be on a truck with other items? How do you guarantee safety with your freight service?

Do I need to have insurance? Will my homeowner's insurance work or is there another way?

Am I responsible for packaging my freight? If not, how do freight companies package?

Am I able to speak with someone while my freight is in transit? I'm not great with the computer, so will there be a human being I can talk to during freight shipments?

How far in advance of my delivery required date should I make a transport reservation?

Are delivery dates guaranteed for your freight shipping services? I have a deadline for delivery.

I live on a narrow road. What happens if your truck can't get to my house?

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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. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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