Established in 1924, asset-based provider, SAIA, has 192 terminals. SAIA�s LTL shipping service covers all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada.
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An LTL shipment‚Äôs dimensions should be calculated as a rectangle based on the shipment‚Äôs most expansive points, including packaging.
The easiest way to ensure you correctly classify your LTL freight is to obtain a subscription to CLASSIT, the online freight classification directory tool maintained by the NMFTA.
LTL cargo is typically handled, loaded, unloaded, and reorganized multiple times at different freight terminals while in transit, so it is critical to have the proper packaging, labeling, and paperwork so no issues arise that may delay delivery.
The bill of lading is issued by the carrier based on the information provided by the shipper at the time of the quote. Once issued, the shipper gets a copy, and a copy is affixed to the shipment itself.
All shipments require a Bill of Lading. BOLs must be issued for goods to travel from Point A to Point B.
A letter from the shipper should be prepared detailing that the bill of lading was lost. The carrier will typically need a letter of indemnity from the shipper, which releases the carrier from liability.