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Can I estimate the weight of my shipment?It is crucial to determine the most accurate weight for the freight items you are shipping and not just estimate an approximate weight. Freight companies can choose to re-weigh your item at any point during the transport process. If an inaccurate weight is used, you can be re-billed at the carrier’s non-discounted rate for the difference and the cost to ship will increase.
How should I package my items?Please make sure that all items being shipped are properly and securely packaged to prevent damage. All freight should be packaged, crated, or stacked and secured onto pallets with banding, shrink-wrap or breakaway adhesive. Labels should be placed on every freight piece. Improper packaging may decrease or nullify the carrier’s liability for damage claims or loss.
How do I determine my freight class/NMFC number?A freight class is configured by the combination of weight, value, density, likelihood of damage, and ease of moving. All items have been specifically classified and assigned a category code by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFC) as a freight industry standard. When determining your freight class, be as specific and accurate as possible in your description to avoid extra shipping costs by the shipping company. Call our trained freight brokers to help you determine the correct class for your freight.
What is GOH?GOH stands for “Garments on Hangers”. This means that the garments are transported on individual hangers. Everyone who has ever travelled knows the underlying dilemma: however carefully the garments have been folded and packed, when the cases are unpacked at destination the clothes are always slightly creased and need ironing. Exactly the same problem arises when garments are transported from their country of origin. If the textiles are packed in boxes, they first need to be processed when they reach their destination. An alternative is to transport them on hangers. Specially prepared trucks enable these hangers to be properly hung inside the truck. The advantage of GOH transport is that the garments are relatively crease-free when they arrive at their destination.
What is ADR?The ADR is a European agreement governing the international carriage of dangerous goods by road (ADR is short for Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises Dangereuses par Route). The ADR contains special regulations for road transportation regarding packaging, the securing of loads and the labeling of dangerous goods. ADR transport involves the carriage of dangerous goods.
What is reefer or refrigerated shipping?Refrigerated shipping, also known as “reefer” shipping, is used to keep perishable goods in a temperature controlled environment while being shipped. While most trucks are set to a single temperature, these temperatures can vary from frozen to simply cold transport. This shipping service is used for both truckload and LTL shipping and follows the similar process and restrictions as the related mode.
What is a Bill of Lading (BOL)?A bill of lading is standard, mandatory paperwork providing the carrier and driver with all pertinent information related to the shipping costs and information. This paperwork allows for proper billing to be processed by the JL Freight. All parties involved should have a copy of the BOL (buyer, seller and carrier). Also, keep one copy for your records.
What is LTL shipping?LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) shipping handles freight shipments ranging from 50 kg to 1000 kg. When the item you need shipped or transported is too large to take to the post office or your local parcel company, freight is seen as a more economical approach. Freight shipping is the easiest way to move large and bulky items quickly and efficiently while keeping shipping costs low.