While we try to make shipping fun, we take shipment safety seriously. That is why we have partnered with proven carriers with consistent safety records to provide only the best service. At Got Big Freight?, we work hard to make sure your freight is always in good hands!
LTL is an acronym for Less Than Truckload. LTL essentially means an efficient, flexible and economical way to transport single pallet and multiple pallet shipments that do not require a full 48’ or 53’ trailer. LTL carriers offer a variety of services such as lift gate, residential services, guaranteed transit and project coordination to name a few.
LTL carriers utilize a network of terminals across the country or their operating region to get shipments from their origin to their destination. A city unit will pick up the shipment, bring it to the terminal for consolidation with other shipments and dispatch the trailers. A shipment typically goes through a minimum of 2-3 transfers throughout its transit. Once it reaches the destination terminal, it is loaded out onto a city unit for delivery and once the shipment is signed for as delivered clear, it is considered complete.
LTL rates are determined by the freight class, weight, pick up and destination zip codes as well as any additional services required to meet the shipper and consignee needs. Accessorial services such as residential delivery, lift gate pick up, delivery appointments and job site delivery are offered by most LTL carriers for additional fees. Anytime a potential shipper or consignee is quoting a shipment, it is essential to provide as much accurate information as possible to ensure correct costing and no invoice surprises.
What is our role in the LTL industry? We have partnered with LTL carriers nationwide to provide a variety of services based on customer needs, costing requirements and business demands. With our industry expertise, we utilize our network to provide simple and cost effective solutions to meet any transportation need.
At Got Big Freight?, we provide full truckload services for local, regional, national and international markets. A full truckload is typically defined as a load or shipment that will require the exclusive use of a 48’ or 53’ trailer or container. When a full truckload carrier is contracted to move a shipment, they will either drop a trailer to be loaded to capacity or a driver will wait while the trailer is loaded- depending on the time it will take to load. The trailer is then moved direct from the pick up location to the destination for delivery. Customers utilize truckload carriers for various reasons- to minimize costs for larger shipments, to take advantage of direct and quick transit times, to limit handling and reduce the risk of damages. Full truckload carriers specialize in various services such as flatbeds, oversized shipments, relocation and residential services, backhauls and cost based planning.
FTL moves are priced based on mileage, pick up or delivery requirements and the transit needed. When quoting a FTL move, it is important to provide as much accurate information as possible, specifically when it will be ready, how long it will take to load and unload, any pick up or delivery requirements and transit needs. This is especially important in the Full Truckload market as customers will typically be contracting one driver from start to finish. Providing accurate information will ensure the driver has the resources and equipment necessary to complete the pick up and delivery at the originally agreed upon rate.
At Got Big Freight?, we have partnered with Full Truckload carriers and providers nationwide to meet any full truckload needs customers may have at market competitive rates.
There are many different expedited services available to meet domestic expedite needs. Depending on the length of the haul and time allotted for transport, customers may choose from a variety of methods such as a dedicated expedited vehicle (also called a “hot shot”) with a single driver or team of drivers, expedited via LTL carriers or air freight. While a dedicated vehicle is going to travel direct from origin to destination, air freight shipments operate within a transfer network based on where the shipment is consigned to.
Air freight services are not just domestic. International air freight is utilized for international markets- from metropolitan to rural, air freight is truly worldwide. Depending on transit needs, international air freight is routed via the air carrier network, once it gets to destination and is cleared by customs it is either released for customer pick up or to an agent for end delivery.
At Got Big Freight?, we work with an integrated network of partners to support local, regional and national customers with personalized airfreight and expedited services. Our comprehensive portfolio of international, domestic air freight, hot shots, expedited and cost-saving options allows us meet your business needs at any speed.
White Glove service is one of the transportation industry’s most customized services. White glove services feature specially trained drivers and specialized equipment for the safe transport of the most sensitive shipments.
There are various modes of transportation and service levels associated with White Glove service. Many major retailers utilize such services to deliver goods to customers’ homes with different options available as part of the delivery such as: the breaking down of the freight, debris removal and set up.
Interior designers find this service to be of incredible value as well. There are usually two different modes of transportation, depending on requirements – a dedicated vehicle to protect fragile or valuable goods, by avoiding tampering or transfers and LTL transit on a preferred carrier with end of the line services performed by specialists. The benefits of White Glove are added security, shipment coordination, specialist delivery and most importantly, exceptional customer service for the end user.
White Glove is quoted based on the requested mode of transportation, weight, dimensions, mileage and level of end user service requested.
Got Big Freight? specializes in White Glove service. As a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), we understand the industry needs - we have the knowledge and expertise to provide the highest level of service and care White Glove shipments require.
Ocean freight is the common mode of transportation for cost effective importing and exporting of goods. All sizes of shipments move via ocean freight services, from full container loads (FCL) to less than container loads (LCL) - smaller shipments that may require only a portion of container space.
For full container load shipments, a container is dropped at the loading site for an allotted amount of time. The container will then be picked up and transported to the port for loading on the vessel. Once customs has cleared the shipment, it is off-loaded from the vessel and tendered to an agent who will then carry it to its destination or it will be tendered for the customer pick up from the port. Less than container load shipments will be consolidated with other shipments at a terminal or at the port, depending on the mode of transportation chosen. Once an LCL shipment reaches its destination, it is either tendered to an agent for final end delivery or released for pick up by the customer at the port.
Ocean freight is quoted based on space needed, weight, dimensions, mileage and transit needed. When setting up ocean freight shipments, it is important to have paperwork filled out correctly to prevent any port or customs delays.
At Got Big Freight? we have partnered with the best ocean carriers and agents to provide global services within your costing requirements with full ocean freight services available from FCL to LCL and ocean/air combination shipments.
Intermodal freight is one of the most economical ways to ship bulk product within the US and to Mexico or Canada. Intermodal refers to the use of a combination of carriers and rail services to ship or receive. Full truckloads and various sizes of containers travel via rail. Because trains use approximately 3-4 times less fuel than trucks, the longer the distance the more customers will save on their shipping.
Intermodal shipping utilizes a combination of resources depending on transportation needs. A container or trailer will usually be dropped for loading at the shipping site. It will then be picked up by a drayage company or a carrier, depending on the mode of transportation selected. Once loaded, the shipment will travel across the network until it reaches its designated destination. From there a drayage company or carrier will pick up the container or trailer to continue the routing to its final destination.
Intermodal or rail shipments are quoted based on equipment needs, weight, modes of transportation required, mileage and any additional services needed for pick up or delivery.
Here at Got Big Freight?, we have aligned ourselves with partners to meet your rail and intermodal shipping needs. With our expertise, we arrange shipping from start to finish – from drayage to safety inspection, clearances and rail transit.
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