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Long haul truckload freight can be picked up the same day and delivered on the same day.

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03-12-2017
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Full truckload freight shipment from Chicago to Rockford.
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Full Truckload shipments from Chicago to Wisconsin.

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How to save money on LTL FREIGHT shipping
Tired of paying high prices for LTL?

Here are some tips on how to save money:

Companies are overspending on LTL less-than-load freight shipping. This overspending adds up to tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. A&M Quality Transport cares about our customers and have created these tips on how to save money on LTL freight shipping.

(LTL) Freight

If you need to ship something that is over 100 pounds, you'll probably need to ship it by a truck in order for it to get where it needs to go. A less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier collects freight from various shippers and consolidates that freight onto one trailer for transport.

(LTL) Less-Than-Truckload Freight

If you have a shipment that is greater than 100 pounds chances are you will need to ship it by a truck. Let’s start first with defining LTL stands for Less-Than-Truckload means goods from different customers consolidated into one truck.

To help you better manage your shipments and save more on your LTL shipping follow these few tips:

  1. Find out the weight of your freight and document the size, volume, dimensions, classification of the freight, pick up location, final shipping destination. Value of the freight is also taken into consideration.
  2. Search on internet for a LTL Freight Carrier. Or ask around other businesses who they use maybe they can refer you to a great trucking company.
  3. Request Quotes from different carriers and trucking companies. You will need the weight of your freight, size, volume, dimensions, classification of the freight, pick up location, final shipping destination
  4. Once you’ve received your freight quote you should now contact the sales representative and sigh up for an account.
  5. Make sure you double check with the sale representative to make sure you have recorded the information correct and that the price quote is still the same. If there are special needs as to two men delivery, forklift this is the time to let the sales rep know.
  6. When the quote is confirmed by the sales rep go ahead and book a date to ship your freight.
  7. Find out how your shipment must be prepared for pick up? Usually carriers will require you to pallet and/ or shrink-wrap your shipments.
  8. When the date is scheduled and the shipment ready for pick up the selected carrier will come and pick up your freight to be delivered to specified destination.
  9. Once your freight is picked up you will be giver a tracing number so you can track your freight any time.

By choosing A&M Quality Transport you’re choosing peace of mind. Congratulations! You have found Chicagoland’s most experienced and trusted trucking company. For over 10 years A&M Quality Transport has been serving as the preferred carrier in the Chicagoland area, our mission is to deliver your shipments on-time every time, and damage free. We are not a national freight trucking company, but specialists in delivering quality freight trucking service in eight Midwestern states.

Whether your freight shipping needs to include cross town or cross state, we have the options:

  • Regional LTL— Eight region LTL Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Your Regional LTL will only be handled by A&M Quality Transport from pick to delivery.
  • Long-haul LTL— Superior long-haul LTL Freight throughout our eight region network: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
  • Critical Time Sensitive LTL service—when your delivery has to be on time, A&M Quality Transport offers guaranteed delivery service.

Are you new to LTL Freight Shipping?

We are here to help you with all of your LTL freight shipping questions. Our years of experience in the freight industry allows us to pass the information on to you to better help you understand the ins and outs of shipping LTL freight.

Shipping terms, definition when shipping LTL freight:

Definition of LTL Freight?

LTL shipping is an acronym for Less Than Truckload shipping. This means a shipment that does not require a full 48- or 53-foot trailer and does not fill up the whole trailer. When your shipment weighs anywhere from 150lbs. to 10,000lbs. It is considered LTL (Less-than-a-truckload). Any freight over 10,000lbs is considered FTL (Full-Truckload).

Additional Services:

Additional services will usually cost extra. These are services that are not included in the regular shipping standard. Additional freight services that will incur extra costs are:

  • Inside delivery
  • Inside pick up
  • Two men delivery
  • Residential service
  • Collect on delivery (COD)
  • Lift gate service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Arrival notification (this service is free with A&M Quality Transport)
  • Insurance

Below are some common shipping terms:

Damaged or lost section of an LTL Freight Shipment
All shipments must be checked upon delivery. Make sure to count and cross check to make sure it’s the right product and the quantity on the Bill of lading matches your LTL Freight.

When your LTL Freight is damaged or there are missing pieces you must:

  • Notify your vendor of shortage
  • Notify your LTL Freight Carrier of the shortage or damage
  • Request the driver to note shortage and/ or damage on the delivery receipt
  • Find out with your LTL Freight Carrier how long you have to file a claim
  • Call your Freight Carrier to find out how long you have to report damages or lost freight
  • Notify your accounting department not to pay for the LTL Freight that was damaged or not received.

Consignee – The individual or company receiving the LTL Freight.

Inside Pickup and Inside Delivery
If a loading dock is not available at your delivery site, you can request “inside delivery” on most ltl freight shipments. When freight is delivered to and inside delivery is requested the driver is required to go inside top pick up or deliver your freight. Remember this is extra and it will cost you more. You need to specify when requesting a quote.

Two men delivery

Two men delivery means that your shipment requires two men to load or unload your shipment by hand. Usually these are required when there are no docks at the delivery or pick up sight or its a high rise building.

LTL Freight Class or NMFC Number

LTL Freight classes are designed to help you get common standardized freight pricing for your shipment when working with different LTL freight carriers. LTL Freight classes are defined by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) and made available through the NMFC or National Motor Freight Classification.


There are 18 LTL Freight classes and are based on weight. Length, height, density, handling, value and liability from things like theft, damage, break-ability and spoilage. These LTL freight classes will determine your LTL freight charge.

Class Name Cost Notes, Examples Weight Range Per Cubic Foot

  • Class 50 – Clean Freight
  • Lowest Cost Fits on standard shrink-wrapped 4X4 pallet, very durable over 50 lbs
  • Class 55 Bricks, cement, mortar, hardwood flooring 35-50 pounds
  • Class 60 Car accessories & car parts 30-35 pounds
  • Class 65 Car accessories & car parts, bottled beverages, books in boxes 22.5-30 pounds
  • Class 70 Car accessories & car parts, food items, automobile engines 15 to 22.5 pounds
  • Class 77.5 Tires, bathroom fixtures 13.5 to 15 pounds
  • Class 85 Crated machinery, cast iron stoves 12-13.5 pounds
  • Class 92.5 Computers, monitors, refrigerators 10.5-12 pounds
  • Class 100 boat covers, car covers, canvase, wine cases, caskets 9-10.5 pounds
  • Class 110 cabinets, framed artwork, table saw 8-9 pounds
  • Class 125 Small Household appliances 7-8 pounds
  • Class 150 Auto sheet metal parts, bookcases, 6-7 pounds
  • Class 175 Clothing, couches stuffed furniture 5-6 pounds
  • Class 200 Auto sheet metal parts, aircraft parts, aluminum table, packaged mattresses, 4-5 pounds
  • Class 250 Bamboo furniture, mattress and box spring, plasma TV 3-4 pounds
  • Class 300 wood cabinets, tables, chairs setup, model boats 2-3 pounds
  • Class 400 Deer antlers 1-2 pounds
  • Class 500 – Low Density or High Value
    Highest Cost Bags of gold dust, ping pong balls Less than 1 lbs.

Bill of Lading (BOL)

Bill of lading definition is a required document to move any ltl freight shipment. Bill of lading (BOL) is a receipt of ltl freight services; it is a contract between a freight carrier and the shipper. The bill of lading provides the driver and the carrier all the details needed to process the freight shipment and invoice it correctly. The bill of lading must always be signed by a consignee (person receiving the ltl freight shipment).

Lift Gate Service

A lift Gate Service is requested when the receiving or shipping do not have a loading dock. A lift gate also called tail lift or a mobile dock leveler is a hydraulic device permanently fitted to the back truck that is controlled by a switch, a lift gate will lift shipments from the ground or a dock to the bed of the truck.

COD-Collect on Delivery or Cash on Delivery

Collect upon delivery (COD) is a billing option that is offered by most freight carriers. The driver will collect a form of payment at the time of delivery.

PRO or Tracking Number

To track your shipment 24/7, most shipping carriers will assign a Tracking number also known as PRO.

Reweigh

If your freight shipment is inaccurately weighed or classed wrong and is re-weighed or re-classed by the carrier. There will be extra charge for reweigh and re-class of your shipment.

Call our sales representative and start saving on your Truckload (TL) or Less-than-truckload (LTL) Large volume freight today! (847) 602-2657 or email.

 


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