Frequently Asked Questions
Most Common Reasons for Extra Charges on LTL Shipments:
Re-weigh Fee: If the weight of your shipment is found to be more than what was booked, you will be charged the rate at the higher weight plus a reweigh fee. If your shipment weighs less, you will be charged the rate at the lower weight.
Re-classification Fees: If a freight carrier has quoted a shipment based on a Freight class/NMFC#, and the actual class is different for the items being shipped, a re-class adjustment can be applied.
Dimensions and Weight: It is extremely important that you have the correct dimensions and weight for your ship. You must include the overhang on a pallet in the dimensions. Not having the correct information will result in extra charges.
Re-consignment Fees: A re-consignment fee may be assessed when the freight is rerouted in transit or when the shipper did not use the provided Bill of Lading
Oversize/Overlength Fee: Typically applies to shipments exceeding 8 feet in length.
Bill of Lading(BOL): Changes to the BOL, including changes to the shipper address, consignee address, piece count, weight and freight call can result in adjustments if a carrier has based the freight quote on any of the provided information.
Lift-gate: Lift-gate trucks are required for freight where the pick up or drop off location does not have an accessible dock to move the shipment directly off the truck. Keep in mind that lift-gate service could affect the estimated transit time.
Residential Pickup/Delivery: Can apply to pick up or drop off locations that are not businesses. This can include businesses that are not visibly labeled to the public. To avoid this adjustment to a business, make sure the business name is accurately listed on the bill of lading.
Limited Access: An adjustment may be applied if the pick up or drop off location has limited access. Limited access locations include camps, churches/temples, educational facilities, construction sites, dealerships, fairs and carnivals, storage units, military bases, mine sites, some government facilities, schools, businesses located outside city limits, rural locations and farms. Limited access may also include commercial businesses not open to the walk-in public or where an employee is not available to assist with loading or unloading.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Will accessorial services affect my transit time?
Possibly yes. Services such as lift gate, appointment prior to delivery, residential pickup/delivery may require additional time and preparation from the carrier and/or shipper/consignee.
What should I know about my estimated transit time?
Transit times listed online are always in terms of business days and do not include the day of pickup, weekends, or holidays. For example, if you are selecting a 3 day transit and the freight picks up on a Wednesday, estimate delivery would be the following Monday. Thursday, Friday, & Monday count as days 1, 2, & 3.
How can I help ensure a same day pickup?
For standard pickups at a normal business with a dock, our LTL carriers typically need a 2-4 hour window from the time you place your order. Pickups at CFS Stations and Airlines require a minimum of 24 hours notice. Please note, same day pickups are not guaranteed.
How does my Bill of Lading(BOL) get to the truck driver?
It is your responsibility to send the TMS generated BOL to your shipper prior to pickup. It is the responsibility of the shipper at the pickup location to hand the BOL to the truck driver when he/she arrives. This process will help avoid any re-consignment charges.
How Much Liability Coverage on a shipment:
Each carrier will have a certain amount of coverage per pound, on average it is around $3.00 per pound. Full value coverage is available when needed, must be requested when creating the shipment.