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Truckload Shipping: A Primer

Truckload Shipping: A Primer

Truckload shipping is when a shipper books an entire truck or tractor trailer for a load. The idea is to fill the tractor trailer to capacity. Truckload shipments are generally picked up in one place and then dropped off at another location, usually without any stops along the way.   When Should You Use Truckload Shipping?   When you have a large load that can fill an entire trailer with one destination, you’ll definitely want to utilize Truckload shipping (TL or FTL).  Don’t expect...

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Incoterms: CFR versus CIF

Incoterms: CFR versus CIF

Incoterms simplify sending and receiving shipments across international borders. They eliminate confusion and ensure both parties are in agreement about delegated responsibilities and other shipping details.  Understanding the differences between similar incoterms is critical to choosing the right one for your shipment.   Cost and Freight (CFR) and Cost, Insurance, and Freight (CIF) are two Incoterms that define buyer and seller responsibilities in an international trade where the goods...

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Evaluate Your In-house Fleet  for Effectiveness and Efficiency

Evaluate Your In-house Fleet for Effectiveness and Efficiency

An in-house fleet can bring added control and flexibility to your manufacturing supply chain, but it’s not always the most effective and efficient. An in-house fleet is a large investment of both resources and time. There's a lot to manage, from the trucks and their maintenance to the staff of drivers, mechanics, and administrators. And so, many smart managers schedule a recurring event to Evaluate your in-house fleet with a “fresh set of eyes”.   The benefits of operating your own fleet...

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LTL Shipping: The Basics

LTL Shipping: The Basics

Less than truckload shipping, or "LTL" in industry slang,  is a cost-effective alternative for smaller shipments that won’t completely fill a truck.   LTL shipping companies operate local fleets for pickup and delivery which are connected via hub-and-spoke terminal networks.  Freight moves from pickup truck to local terminal through a series of cross-dock or sort facilities to a local delivery terminal and delivery truck.  These LTL networks operate in similar fashion to parcel networks; just...

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Understanding Capacity Shipment Surcharge in LTL Shipping

Understanding Capacity Shipment Surcharge in LTL Shipping

Understanding Capacity Shipment Surcharge in LTL Shipping A capacity shipment surcharge on an LTL shipment almost always come as a "surprise" charge on a freight bill, or worse a second bill sometime later.  But, by understanding capacity shipment surcharges and making a few adjustments you can avoid a potential surprise. What is a freight surcharge? A surcharge is a fee added into a transportation rate to offset additional handling charges that are too complicated or dynamic to build into...

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Understanding FOB: What is FOB in Shipping?

Understanding FOB: What is FOB in Shipping?

What is FOB in Shipping?  Free on Board (FOB) is a standardized term used in domestic shipments that identifies when the seller’s responsibilities for the goods roll over to the buyer. It’s also part of a larger Incoterms system that helps standardize global shipping and transportation of goods.    FOB Destination Versus FOB Shipping Point   Before we explore which term is best for which situations, let’s take a closer look at the meaning of FOB destination and FOB shipping point....

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