Accessorial Charges in Truckload and LTL Freight

Posted by Justin Bates on November 8, 2017 - 8:03 AM

What are accessorial charges?

Accessorial charges are any additional expenses a customer incurs that go beyond the normal procedures when shipping truckload or less-than-truckload (LTL) goods. For example, let’s say you’re moving some restaurant equipment into a strip mall. Because of the complexity of the shipment, which would require the driver to unload the shipment and deliver it inside the building, the carrier will apply an additional fee.

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Ground Shipping Options

Posted by Justin Bates on October 20, 2017 - 8:37 AM

What is ground freight shipping?

Ground shipping is an economical way to move freight across the country — either over the road or by rail. It’s also a mode of transportation used with international shipments, where trucks are used to move freight to and from airports and ocean ports. Ground offers competitive advantages including lower rates and more flexibility — with the capacity to move everything from standard palletized shipments to large freight and temperature-sensitive goods.

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How to Ship Freight: Equipment Types and Services

Posted by Gary Hunt on September 20, 2017 - 8:01 AM

Types of transportation equipment

The furniture in your home, the clothes you’re wearing, your vehicle, even the device you’re reading this on — most of the products and materials we use every day have been shipped in some way. How do these items get from the manufacturer to the store, or even from a warehouse to your home? Take a look at the different types of trucking equipment, trailers, planes and containers used to transport goods across the globe in our latest infographic.


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LTL Freight Shipping

Posted by Becca Soard on August 7, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Defining Less-than-truckload: What does it mean and who is it for?

You’ve had multiple out-of-state sales this week and customers are requesting home delivery — something you don’t normally do. Everything is wrapped, boxed and ready to go, but what’s the best way to get the products to your customers? Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is designed for freight that weighs between 150 and 20,000 pounds and isn’t large enough to require a full semi-trailer.

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Packing freight for an LTL shipment

Posted by Becca Soard on August 2, 2017 - 8:02 AM

The importance of shipment packaging

From raw material headed to a production plant to a finished product on its way to a customer, every item your business ships is somehow tied to revenue. And because each shipment has the potential to impact profits, it’s important to find ways to manage transportation costs while still ensuring your freight arrives damage-free. Utilizing proper packaging can accomplish both goals — especially in the less-than-truckload (LTL) environment.

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Measuring Cubic Feet for LTL Shipments

Posted by Becca Soard on July 24, 2017 - 8:03 AM

Why cubic feet matter for LTL freight

Due to changes in freight profile (like bulkier items) and other less-than-truckload (LTL) trends, it’s more important than ever for ArcBest® customers to provide accurate details about their shipments when getting a quote. While weight and freight class are still necessary pieces of information, cubic footage is now an additional pricing factor. Use the steps below to accurately measure your freight and calculate its cubic footage. 

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Operations Manager Provides ‘Unparalleled Level’ of Service

Posted by Jennifer Faldon on September 16, 2016 - 4:19 PM

When a logistics professional’s customer faced “an ever-closing delivery window” for an in-transit shipment, he began working to see if his customer’s issues could be resolved. He reached out to the shipment’s destination terminal, an ABF Freight facility, and got in touch with Operations Manager Dennis Richey.

“From the moment I made that first phone call, Dennis’ level of professionalism and willingness to help made an immediate and positive impression on me,” said William Atkins, an LTL service representative for a logistics company. “I never once heard the word ‘no.’”

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What is a Bill of Lading?

Posted by Justin Bates on August 10, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Bill of lading definition

If you’re shipping anything, you need to document the journey of your cargo from start to finish. That’s why you’ll need to fill out a bill of lading. A bill of lading, sometimes referred to as a BoL, is a vital form issued by a carrier to a shipper. It acts as a contract or trade agreement of the movement of goods between the shipper and the consignee, and it can also detail the method and payment of the shipment.

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