The dos and don’ts of Freight shipping

While shipping products across the globe, it is very common to commit mistakes. Sometimes you may miscalculate package weight or even the shipping carrier you have chosen may not be the best suited for the job. These small mistakes may cost a little while shipping common products.

This is not the case with Freight. While shipping normal products may or may not be a risky job, but when it comes to freight shipping, things need to be perfect. With bigger shipments, even things like shipping carriers, shipping service, and even the mode of transportation can cause serious trouble.

The DOs

Consider public holidays and any unexpected circumstances: Depending on the booking platform or on the courier company, you should place an order for shipping services in advance. In this case, it is crucial to know that sometimes couriers might not pick up your package on the selected date due to circumstances beyond their control. If your address is incorrect or difficult to locate, there’s heavy traffic, bad weather or any other problem on the road, the assigned courier might not show up on the scheduled day and the shipping services won’t be performed. That’s why you should plan to ship your parcels ahead. This way, there’s still time for the courier to come and collect your belongings before you change your location for good. Don’t forget to check the holidays also.

Check what you can actually ship: The easiest way to decide if your item is suitable for shipping is to determine whether it is actually safe enough to send it, either for the content of your package, other parcels travelling alongside yours, or anyone handling the parcel. Think before you plan to send any poisonous, hazardous or infectious substances to your friend, as it is something you should not do. Unfortunately, the same rule applies to any animal or food product. For a more comprehensive list, please visit our

DO the needful – know the size and weight of your package: There are many different things that you can ship (suitcases, boxes or sports equipment just to name a few). You should know the exact dimensions of your package or pallet. Getting the right quote is important, as well as meeting the standards of the selected courier company. If your package happens to be too big or too heavy, the courier might refuse to ship it. Without the exact dimensions of your pallets, you cannot get an accurate quote.

Always Double-check the details of your order: Choosing door-to-door shipping services means that you can order a pick-up from almost anywhere, as long as your place is fairly easy to locate. Any additional information that would help the assigned courier driver to find the right address is appreciated. Before you place an order, check all the details and make sure that your address is correct. It will save you time and trouble afterwards.

Check the estimated delivery time and track your package: Standard shipping services are different from the express services, meaning that there is an estimated time of delivery. It is not done as fast as possible. However, the delivery is fully tracked so you can keep an eye on your package while it’s on the move. Nonetheless, it might take some time until it reaches its destination. Be patient, but don’t hesitate to act if it’s taking much longer than it should or if you notice something unusual in the tracking system.

Separate your items and ensure they are individually safe: There is no problem with the shipping of several items. However, it is important to separate and wrap each of them carefully. Fill any empty spaces with cushioning material, so that the objects inside your package won’t move and get damaged.

Be patient: Unfortunately, the couriers are not obliged to call before their arrival. They can come anytime between 9:00 and 18:00. Therefore, it’s important to have someone present at the given address, so that your package can be either picked up or delivered without any problems. Keep in mind that due to high demand, the driver might arrive slightly later than expected, especially during peak season.

The DON’Ts

Don’t wait for a call: The delivery already has schedule, your address is with the agent doing the delivery so there is actually no need to sit waiting for a call. You’ve made the order, wait for it. You can put a call through when your package has exceeded delivery time.

Don’t think that your delivery will happen overnight: Apparently, a lot of people start counting down from the moment they hit the order button, that is fine as long as one doesn’t start expecting it right away, after seeing that it takes days.

Don’t forget to indicate the exact address or any relevant details when booking shipping services: For example, your home address is on the order, while you are not around during the day, it would be a good idea.

Don’t leave your items loose inside a box: Depending on the means of delivery and the packaging, it is a key factor to know that your items should be properly packed to avoid damage before delivery.

Don’t place any forbidden items inside your package: This is a key factor when placing items for delivery, These items can be stopped and searched anywhere, and if anything illegal is found with your name on it, It can easily incriminate you.

Don’t disregard the allowed dimensions: One of the basic rules of freight shipping,  disregarding dimensions can lead to improper placing of package and eventually to destruction.

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