Frequently Asked Questions
What’s an example of freight shipping?
Today, the most common goods shipped by freight carriers include things like automobiles (and auto parts), furniture (and furniture parts), electronics, home improvement wares, and food. Many of these items come with their own set of requirements related to temperature and packaging, while others may need special shipping amenities or services (like proper lift gates).
Does freight mean shipping?
While freight and shipping are largely interconnected, it’s not recommended to use them as synonyms. That’s because even though shipping and freight both describe the bulk transportation of goods, a freight class will always involve a larger quantity of goods, whereas shipping can refer to a smaller amount. In addition, freight is only used for commercial purposes, while shipping can be done for commercial or personal purposes.
How do I calculate freight shipping costs?
For less-than-truckload transport, you can calculate the freight costs by first determining which weight break to use (based on your shipment weight). From there, divide your total weight by 100 to arrive at your ‘per hundred pound’ pricing. Multiply that number by the applicable hundredweight (CWT) from your rate scale, and you’ll have a good idea of your freight quote.