Freight and transportation
Any item or commodity that is being transported from an origin location to another destination location is defined as Freight and the process of transporting it between these two locations is called Transportation. Freight carriers require that all goods to be transported, namely, the components of the Freight (it can be one item too!) are to be boxed, palletized or crated. They will not collect goods that are not properly packed or partially packed with some parts exposed. Each individual box, pallet or crated cargo must be properly labeled with the full shipper and consignee information.
Carriers offer pickups at businesses and residential locations. They can offer you lift gates, schedule pickup time and delivery appointments. When carriers are trucking freight they secure the pallets by putting them very close to one another so they do not move around during transit. They load and off load the goods with pallet jacks, lift gates and forklifts according to the prevailing situation. Obviously they prefer to face a location that has a loading dock. Drivers generally do not engage themselves in the actual activity of loading or off-loading and they tend to merely assist once the goods are brought onto the truck and when they are being moved off the truck. Drivers are concerned mostly with the proper handling of the vehicle and prevention of potential damage to it. When using pallets, try to use standard size 42” x 48” that can handle the weight you intend on using it for. Ensure the pallet is sturdy and not damaged as this can cause it to break while handled, inducing your merchandise to fall and scatter about with the result of potential damage. Palletized items should be banded with metal bands from bottom over the top and attached at the other side and then shrink wrapped for additional security.
When your goods are collected, make sure you have two copies of the bill of lading, one copy must go to the driver and another copy is for your records which the driver will sign and place a sticker of the PRO# on. The pro# is the carrier’s tracking # according to which you can track your freight on our site. Simply enter the pro # and the last updated tracking information will appear. If your goods get weighed in at a weigh station and there is a discrepancy then the carrier will provide a documented official weight certificate. Upon delivery, if you require a POD (Proof of delivery) simply request it from ShippingQuest. PODs are available for every shipment. Transportation can be done via rail service, by ship and by air. In all cases it is necessary to pack the transported goods well and insure the cargo for damage, loss and misuse at the outset of the moving process.
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