Standard procedure for LTL shipping includes a truck driver
backing up to a dock to be loaded by the consignor (shipper),
and driving the cargo to the receiving destination to
be unloaded by the consignee. Any service that is not
considered "standard procedure" will require additional
fees and is referred to as an accessorial service or fee.
These are all examples of accessorial services:
A carrier notifies and schedules a delivery date and time
with the consignee (receiver) for additional fees.
BOL (Bill of Lading)
Mandatory paperwork providing the driver and the truck
line with all the details they need to process the shipment
and bill correctly.
Keeps the originating location and receiving destination
unaware of each other. Provides two separate Bills of
Lading that share common BOL & PRO numbers. Both BOLs
show the carrier's terminal as the shipper and the receiver.
A number that identifies the approximate size, value and
difficulty of transporting each particular type of product.
The class is needed to determine a price. You will need
to know width, height, depth and weight for your shipment.
The system estimates a class determined by the measurements
you enter. Please contact a customer service representative
during business hours to confirm class, as the automated
class is only an estimate.
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channels in order to reduce the number of transit days.
Choose expedited as your equipment type when rating your
A semi trailer with no sides and with the floor of the
unit a standard height from the ground.
Cartons or packages of identical size and weight are considered
one handling unit. If there is more than one package and
they are of differing type, size or weight they are considered
multiple handling units.
The driver is required to go inside (beyond the front
door or loading dock) to pickup or deliver a load instead
of remaining on the dock or in his truck. Additional fees
When the shipping or receiving address does not have a
loading dock, manual loading or unloading is necessary.
A liftgate is a platform at the back of certain trucks
that can raise and lower a shipment from the ground to
the truck. Additional fees apply for this service.
LTL stands for Less Than Load. A typical LTL shipment
ranges from 100 lbs. to 20,000 lbs. For larger loads,
you may need TL (truckload) service. Our customer service
department can help determine which option you need.
The National Motor Freight Classification number is a
numeric indicator that specifically identifies each type
of product that can be shipped by a carrier. It is always
helpful to have the NMFC number on the Bill of Lading
in order to avoid re-classification and accurately identify
each product you ship.
A number assigned by the carrier to reference your shipment.
It is used for tracking your shipment.
After any failed delivery attempt, the carrier will assess
a fee. The fee is usually based on weight with a minimum
A reefer is a refrigerated trailer with insulated walls
and a self-powered refrigeration unit; most commonly used
for transporting food.
If you do not have a commercial location that actually
opens and closes at set times each day within a commercially
zoned area, you will be considered a residence and extra
fees will apply for pickup and delivery.
Reweigh and Inspection Fee
If the carrier suspects the weight of your shipment is
inaccurate, they will charge a fee to reweigh and re-class
Third Party Shipments
The person who initiates the shipment, but is neither
the originating nor the receiving destination. The third
party makes the arrangements for the shipper and receiver.