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Shipping Tips

We've put together a few pointers to help streamline your shipping experience. Following these guidelines will not only ensure your shipment is eligible for the best shipping rates but will also make sure your shipment is protected during transit, which makes you one happy customer.

Dimensions & Weight

The dimensions and weight of a shipment are the two most important factors in calculating your freight rate. In order to provide you with an accurate quote, the weight and dimensions must be exact. Providing inaccurate freight dimensions to the carrier can prove costly so we encourage you to confirm it is as accurate as possible.

•Weight – A bathroom scale should work for shipments under 350 lbs., or use a commercial scale for anything over 350 lbs. Please be sure to include the weight of the packaging materials, i.e., pallet, box, crate, or cardboard.

•Dimensions – In the shipping world, we go in order of length x width x height. Use a standard measuring tape and measure from furthest point to furthest point for each measurement. You’ll also want to round up to the nearest inch. For example, if you had a large engine inside a crate, you will need to measure it after it is crated. You find the length is 60.25 inches, the width is 20.75 inches, and the height is 35.15 inches. This is documented as 61x21x36.


Box, pallet, or crate? We can help. Due to the varying nature of goods, we recommend you give us a call to go over packaging recommendations for your specific shipment.

Need help finding shipping supplies such as pallets or custom crates for your oversized products? We have a nationwide directory of vendors that can help. If we know the vendor personally we may even be able to hook you up.

Freight Class

All goods are defined with a freight class by the NMFTA (National Motor Freight Traffic Association), which is based on the density, stowability, ease of handling, and carrier liability. It is critical that each shipment is documented with the correct freight class of your products in order to ensure accurate freight rates. If the freight class is deemed incorrect by the carrier you could be held liable for increased freight charges. To make sure you’ve got the correct class, give us a call and we can figure out the specific freight class for your shipment.


When you book a shipment through The Freight Dude, we’ll supply a custom BOL (Bill of Lading) as well as shipping labels. The only thing we ask of you is to give that BOL to the driver at pickup. Using The Freight Dude supplied BOL will ensure correct pricing is applied to the shipment and the carrier has all pertinent details necessary for a smooth delivery.

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