Freight Shipping Tips for First-Time Shippers

Did you know freight shipping is an option that can save everyone — even first time, casual shippers — time and money? The average parcel carrier charges additional fees for heavy or oversized packages, but there are better options out there. A reputable trucking company or shipping company, such as Moto Transportation has a vast network of top carriers, exclusive discounts, and insurance options that make freight shipping a hassle-free, affordable solution for anyone. Below are freight shipping tips for first-time shippers that simplify the whole process. If you follow these suggestions, your first freight shipment will be just as quick and simple as your last.

1. Is Freight Shipping Right for You?

One-time shipper? First-time shipper? It doesn’t matter how often you use freight shipping services. If your package or item is bulky, oversized, or is affixed to a pallet, it qualifies as freight. You don’t have to be a high-volume freight shipper to take advantage of freight discounts as long as you meet certain weight requirements (usually 100-lb minimum).

2. Freight Shipment Packing

It is important to properly pack your items for freight shipping to prevent damage. The ultimate goal is to be able to shake your shipment without repositioning its contents, handle it multiple times and to make sure your product will stay upright in an emergency stop situation. Keep in mind that a cardboard box is not your only solution. There are crate options and pallet options that let you securely bundle one or more items.

3. Know the Weight and Dimensions

The most important part of the freight shipping process can be simpler than you think. To attain an accurate quote, make sure to give the true weight and dimensions for your shipment. The weight of the item should be exact and must include packing materials. The best option is to get it weighed and measured after it is already prepared and ready for shipping — just be prepared for any changes to be reflected on your final bill if you can not find an accurate size and weight.

4. Understand Freight Documents

Pay attention to specific paperwork that is needed for each shipment. Providing the driver a Bill of Lading with the quote number is the best way to ensure your freight bill reflects what you were quoted. If you are shipping cross border, commercial invoices need to be submitted to the carrier at the time of dispatch. New customs rules require that these documents are submitted before the freight shipments is picked up in some cases.

5. Be Ready for Delivery

Make sure you have the appropriate identification on your freight shipment at the point of delivery to ensure there is no questions as to who the shipment is for. Also let the trucking company know in advance if you have any special unloading requirements, i.e.: No loading dock or forklift.

If you would like to learn more freight shipping tips for first-time shippers, or if you are interested in one of our freight shipping services, please contact Moto Transportation at 1-604-757-2441 or via email at One of our customer service representatives would be more than happy to help you with your freight shipping needs.