LTL Freight Shipping Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about MoveFreight and our freight transportation services? LTL freight shipping? These are the most common questions customers have asked us in the process of working with us. Check them out below.
Why would I use a third party LTL freight shipping transportation firm like MoveFreight when I can often just call a trucking company directly?
MoveFreight has contracts in place with several larger and independent carriers all of whom offer us excellent rates that we can pass on to you. Our firm is offered deep discounts by the trucking companies because of the volume of business we are able to bring them. Most of the time you will find that the rate quoted to you by MoveFreight is less than if you called the carrier direct because of the concept of “economies of scale.” In addition, MoveFreight and our LTL freight shipping deals directly with the carrier for issues such as tracing & tracking, over/short & damages, improperly routed shipments, etc. Since we are in the industry and used to communicating with carriers on a daily basis, we know how to get answers and achieve things that may frustrate the average shipper.
In addition to the answer given in question #1, a third party transportation firm is a one stop shop solution. Instead of calling one carrier to transport your goods that require an enclosed dry van and another to transport your flatbed goods then ANOTHER for your expedited or guaranteed shipments, you can call us and we can handle all aspects of your LTL freight shipping and other transportation requirements. Quite often our customers are so busy dealing with the day to day duties of their business that they do not have time to call other people and locations to get the shipment information & details. All we need is a telephone number of the location where the goods are located. We can contact the pick up location and get all the details of the order so you do not have to. We then come back to you and discuss time requirements, additional details and offer you a rate for the shipment. If you like the LTL freight shipping rate, you can book it right then and there or log onto our site and book the load entirely online.
MoveFreight itself does not carry the cargo insurance required to transport the loads. However, we do not work with ANY carriers that do not provide us with proof of active, valid insurance. We keep this information on file here in our corporate office and can provide proof of insurance upon request. In addition, MoveFreight has a strict policy in place where we refuse to work with carriers that have less than an A or a B safety and performance rating. These ratings and insurance requirements are requested BEFORE any new carrier is accepted as a new MoveFreight approved carrier.
We invite all of our customers to thoroughly investigate our background and business practices. MoveFreight is proud to have at all times a 95%-100% credit rating; we pay all of our carriers in a timely fashion. We invite customers to go online to any search engine and type in “reviews for MoveFreight” and see what comes back. Since we are dealing with vendors on a daily basis we know how important it is to trust the company you are working with. We can also provide references from customers that have worked with us in the past. Please check out our testimonials page to see what others think of our services.
We accept, VISA & M/C, American Express, and Discover. If you have regular shipments you can fill out a credit application and open an account with terms of net 30 upon approval. We also offer payment via COD, money order, wire transfers, and check by fax/phone/e-mail.
You can call us directly at toll free 877-898-7447 (SHIP), or visit our site at www.movefreight.com and click on “shipment tracking.” You will need to enter the load number that was given to you when the shipment was quoted. If you have specific, detailed questions or requests related to the delivery you can call us at toll free 877-898-7447 (SHIP) or send an e-mail to [email protected] referring to your specific load number.
Any trucking or transportation firm who tells you there is no chance of the quoted rate being different than the final rate is not telling you the truth. MOST of the time the quoted rate is also the invoiced rate. However, there are times when the weight or class provided by the customer is not accurate or the shipment required some other type of service that was not included in the original quote. It IS NOT our practice to increase the rate for no reason. We make the customer aware of the additional charges as soon as they are brought to our attention and we ALWAYS provide proof by way of weight certificate or delivery receipt. We KNOW that operating in an honest fashion will keep customers coming back.
MoveFreight will usually know before you do if the goods are damaged during transportation because we track all our shipments daily. In the event of damage, we first call the carrier to see how the goods were signed for. If damage was noted on the bill of lading, or delivery receipt at the time of delivery, we will file a claim directly with the carrier using the invoice for replacement provided to us by the customer. When MoveFreight is paid on the claim we will either issue you a credit memo that can be used for future shipments or send you a check directly. This takes the pain and hassle off of our customers of having to file a claim with the carrier directly.
YES! A considerable amount of our business is from referrals. We offer the company who referred new customers to us a 5% discount on any shipment regardless of the amount of that invoice.