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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Make sure your shipments are the standard pallet size. Stacking a pallet too high could result in higher shipping fees.
Record your shipment dimensions and weight accurately to avoid overspending.
Make sure you package everything securely to avoid transit damage of your goods.
When dealing with damaged freight, it is critical to identify and record the damage as soon as possible, preferably at the time of delivery. To file a successful cargo claim, you will need evidence of damage to the freight at the time of delivery so it can be proven that any damage occurred while the cargo was in transit. Once your claim is filled out and submitted, a claim specialist will review your submitted documents and may reach out to you to request additional information.
LTL freight rates are determined based on a shipment‚Äôs weight, dimensions, freight class, origin and destination, fuel costs, and any accessorial charges. Every LTL carrier establishes its own base rates, but many are willing to negotiate discounts. It can be challenging to accurately compare LTL shipping rates just by looking at base prices or discounts because they‚Äôre almost always different from carrier to carrier, so it‚Äôs important to do thorough research or partner with a 3PL before you ship.
A bill of lading (BOL) is a document that serves as a contract between shippers and carriers, a receipt for services, and a document of title. The bill of lading contains all the information necessary for the carrier to execute the LTL freight shipment and invoice it correctly, such as the name and address of the consignor and consignee, a description of the goods being transported, and the terms of the contract between shipper and carrier. The BOL should be provided to the carrier upon pickup, and a copy should be attached to the shipment itself.