- Freight Shipping & Heavy Cargo Transport
- Types Of Freight Shipping Companies
- Choosing The Best Freight Shipping Companies
- Freight Shipment Cost
- Examples Of Freight Shipping Rates & Transit Time
- Here Are Some Of The Many Items We Ship And Services Offered By Our Freight Shipping Company
- Freight Transportation Modes Containers, Air, Rail, And Trucks
- Preparing For Freight Shipments
- How To Ship Freight Using A-1 Auto Transport Freight Shipping Company
- Request Our Pricing Structure
- Prepare Your Goods
- Book A Pick-Up Time
- What Our Customers Say About A-1 Auto Transport Freight Services
- Shipping Done Right With The Best Freight Shipping Company
- Our Freight Shipment Services
- Intermodal Freight Shipping
- Why Choose Us?
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:
- 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).
- Transit times - Ask how long it will take to arrive at your location, and you determine which service is best.
- 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.
- 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/From||Cost||Distance||Transit Days|
|Los Angeles to Las Vegas||$115||270 miles||2-4 days|
|Chicago to Memphis||$255||530 miles||2-4 days|
|Atlanta to Detroit||$270||725 miles||3-5 days|
|Denver to San Diego||$300||1080 miles||4-6 days|
|San Jose to Dallas||$595||1275 miles||4-6 days|
|Phoenix to Seattle||$680||1425 miles||4-6 days|
|Atlanta to Phoenix||$470||1845 miles||5-7 days|
|Detroit to Las Vegas||$560||2015 miles||6-8 days|
|Seattle to Memphis||$770||2285 miles||6-8 days|
|Portland to Miami||$1210||3255 miles||7-9 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:
- Mining supplies & equipment
- Construction equipment
- Industrial supplies
- Oversize loads & heavy haul
- Refrigerated freight
- Containerized cargo (intermodal freight)
- Less than truckload (LTL)
- Full truckload
- General cargo hauling
- Distribution services
- Expedited freight transport
- Warehousing & storage
If you have questions about shipping anything not mentioned here, especially if you’ve had trouble finding a suitable option, please feel free to contact us to learn more about we can help. Call us at 1-800-452-2880 to learn more or get an instant price quote by using our online form.
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.
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.
Do you need freight shipping services, either in the U.S. or internationally? Call us today at 1-800-452-2880 to learn more about the process, or if you’d like a FREE, no obligation cost estimate! Just contact us with some basic information and you’ll have a price quote in minutes!
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 A1AutoTransport.com 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:
- Dry van
- Long haul
- Small trucking
- Top trucking companies in your area now
- Air freight shipments
- Expedited freight shipping
- Ship freight to and from Canada
- Temperature Controlled Freight Shipping
- LCL (Less than Container Load)
- FCL (Full Container Load)
- Intermodal Shipping Containers
- Import/export freight shipping
- Ocean freight shipping
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?
Cargo is transported goods by a freight company. Freight is the term used for the payment of goods, i.e., "freight bill." While there is a difference between the two, they are both used when referring to shipping goods.
What is freight forwarding? What is the difference between a shipper and a freight forwarder?
Freight forwarding is a third party that taking care of all the logistics and business involved in getting your freight to its destination.
Shippers are persons (or companies) who transport their personal goods. In contrast, a freight forwarder is a third-party company, which can be your considered freight option.
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?
Freight quote is an estimate given called a "dynamic spot quote." The more exact shipment details you provide, i.e., weight, height, origin, a destination address, etc., the more accurate an estimate is.
There are a few factors to include when calculating costs of shipping freight:
- The dimensions of your cargo
- The weight of your cargo
- The destination of your cargo
- The value of your cargo
- The speed of delivery required
- Will there be any custom clearance required?
*Shipping internationally is another factor
In the shipping industry, most quotes are only good for one day because of the dynamics. So, your best bet is to have all your exact shipment information ready when getting a quote and be prepared to ship.
What kind of carrier transports my freight?
Intermodal carriers use standardized cargo units such as containers and semi-trailers that are moved easily across different modes of transportation (ships, trucks, air, or train).
Most shipping within the U.S. uses flatbed trucks, and the type of trailer used depends on the type of freight hauled.
The other types of transport methods, ship, and air are not as popular for private shippers because they are expensive. After all, most shipping in the U.S. can be handled by truck.
Depending on what you want to haul, we have vetted carriers that fit your needs best.
Will my freight be on a truck with other items? How do you guarantee safety with your freight service?
Depending on how much freight you have, your goods could be on a truck with other items.
When a truck travels with a partial truckload (PTL), partial truckload freight fills the gap between less than a truckload (LTL) and full truckload cargo.
If your shipment doesn't fill an entire trailer, it will be considered partial truckload freight (PTL) and put on a truck with other cargo.
To ensure that your items are safe during transit, they are packaged (plastic, bubble wrap, etc.) and maneuvered onto crates and pallets to handle your things safely.
Do I need to have insurance? Will my homeowner's insurance work or is there another way?
Some of our customers confuse freight and cargo insurance, so first to clear up the difference – freight insurance protects the freight forwarder or carrier. Cargo insurance protects the sender of the goods, you!
Cargo insurance is essential if you want coverage for the total value of the bulk goods in the event of loss or damage such as faulty loading/unloading, accidents, fire, theft, heavy weather, and other natural disasters.
Cargo insurance is usually up to you, the sender, of the shipment. However, some freight carriers will arrange cargo insurance, coordinate with the insurance provider, and get the insurance policy for you.
Homeowners insurance will not help you with shipping.
Am I responsible for packaging my freight? If not, how do freight companies package?
Some freight forwarders do offer packaging services. These services may be done in-house or outsourced to an external company using various materials such as packing peanuts, loose-fill packaging, bubble wrap, blankets, and plastic wrap.
If the freight forwarder doesn't offer these services, you, the shipper, must pack your freight. If you pack your cargo, it is your responsibility to provide access and prove that it was delivered to the carrier in good condition and packaged correctly. When this is complete, it becomes the carrier's burden to prove it wasn't negligent in case of damage.
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?
Yes, most freight brokers and carriers have operators standing by, ready to speak with you about your freight before and during transport. Most also have online help if you're comfortable working with a computer.
Before a company picks up your freight, you'll have a phone number to call and an order or quote # to give for reference. In addition, you will be given a Bill of Lading & Freight Bill with a contract # to refer to if you have any questions or concerns during transit.
How far in advance of my delivery required date should I make a transport reservation?
Making a reservation to ship cargo depends on your shipping load and how much of a truckload you're using. If your shipment is considered partial truckload freight (PTL), the shipping date is when the freight company can place it on a truck.
There are generally no set dates or times. Instead, what space is available on trucks when you need to ship and from where. While this may not be the most satisfying answer, it is the truth.
Whether you're moving your household items across the country, an office load of equipment, or one item, it will be up to the trucking company or broker to help you determine what they can do.
To be prepared to make a shipping reservation, be sure to have all the information available when you contact the company, including pickup location, location, size, weight, and packaging needs.
Are delivery dates guaranteed for your freight shipping services? I have a deadline for delivery.
Many companies will guarantee delivery. What could keep delivery from being assured could include hazardous and oversized freight and shipping cargo to remote areas.
Depending on your situation, delivery can be guaranteed, but be sure to discuss your details with the carrier to understand your needs and ship your cargo accordingly.
I live on a narrow road. What happens if your truck can't get to my house?
Residential pickup and delivery depend on the freight company you use.
Some companies will require that you have the cargo palletized on the street so the driver can quickly get the freight on the truck, while other companies will work with you to pick it up from your residence; it depends on the driver.
When finding out about residential pickup and delivery, ask whether you'll need a liftgate to help get the freight on or off the truck. Some companies will charge liftgate fees, and some don't.
While this can't be a definitive answer, know that a freight broker or carrier can address your unique situation for pickup and delivery. Although shipping may require additional equipment or fees, pickup and delivery conditions can be addressed satisfactorily.