There are several different moving parts when it comes to shipping a product. It’s important to know how each company will weigh items and what extra charges may be applied.
For starters, it is always best to use accurate weights on all your shipments. However, if you have to guess, never use an even weight. Always use an odd number as even numbers are a trigger to dock associates to “reweigh” the shipment. Several Less Than Truckload (LTL) companies charge a reweigh fee as well as additional charges if the weight is more than what is on the bill of lading.
As for Full Truckload services, these are usually much heavier. The key to filling a trailer with products is to evenly distribute the weight of the items on the pallets. Remember, the regulations do not limit how much freight can go on a trailer, but the total weight of the vehicle and also the axle weights. A full truckload can only hold 44,000 pounds. Knowing this will be essential when you are preparing to ship and to avoid those pesky reweigh costs.
One more tip to remember: If the weight of a shipment is more than what is stated on the bill of lading a reweigh is done and additional charges are applied. If you do not have a certified scale, always end weight in an odd number.
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