Whether you are sending packages across town, across the country, or across the world, you will need to decide whether to use a regular shipping company or a freight shipping company. Many people do not realize there is a difference. There may be situations where you can only choose one or the other option, and there will be other situations where you can choose which way to get your package where it belongs. Here is a bit of information to help you decide how you want to send things:
Weight and Size Restrictions
Many people think they must take apart a packed box and redistribute its contents to a couple of different boxes if the original is too big or heavy to be shipped the way it is. However, before you start unpacking things, take the box to a freight shipping company and ask if they can get it where it needs to be without any changes to the package. A freight shipping company is made for moving large, heavy boxes and crates.
It may be financially prudent to place multiple boxes, going to the same destination, in a larger box or crate and send them with freight shipping. You may also discover that not only can you save money doing this, but it will also ensure that the packages and contents all arrive at the destination at the same time. This can be important if someone needs the items all at once or for a special holiday or occasion.
Special Shipping Requirements
Some items you need to ship may be fragile or require special handling or conditions. If you are sending something that cannot withstand different weather conditions, or must be packed in a very specific way to prevent damage, it is best to use a freight shipping company. The items can be placed in a metal or wooden crate instead of something cardboard or plastic so they will be safe and arrive in the same condition as when you sent them.
When you need to send items to someone, or to a new location, consider what you are sending, how it should be packed, how well it will withstand any weather conditions on the way, and how many different packages need to go. All of this will help you determine if you should go to the typical shipping company or if you should take advantage of freight shipping.