ShippingQuest offers free instant online freight quotes within seconds from hundreds carriers for domestic freight and international freight where you can obtain quote for freight through an easy to use online platform. In just 15 seconds after one submits some basic information, quotes from various carriers appear on the screen, offering their service at discount prices. ShippingQuest connects its clients to hundreds of carriers and service providers for all types of freight shipping: Domestic LTL (or Less Than Truck Load), or FTL (or Full Truck Load) service, and – for further located international destinations - LCL (or Less Than Container Load) and FCL (or Full Container Load) transport. In both freight trucking and international shipping it offers a variety of services that the potential client may select and order.
When comparing given quotes one needs to ascertain the services are identical or close to that. When a marked discrepancy is observed there may be a reason for that. Carriers are aware the competition rates and even more so in remote area that has sparse transport activity. A shipper may find that there can be a considerable difference in the duration of the transport: One carrier may offer a delivery after a week, while another after two days. For faster service one may pay more, sometimes substantially more.
Nature of commodity can alter a quote too. A company that specializes in transporting certain items, minerals or substances may have the equipment to transport such goods ready and in abundance while another needs to order that from a place located at a distance or rent it from an independent warehouse, and thus generates a certain financial loss that is passed on to the would be client.
If you request a LTL or LCL service you share your freight with others whether your freight is on a truck or in a container pulled by truck toward a ship terminal and then put into another container that may be loaded on a ship. Transit time for LTL freight varies and is longer than that of a Full Truckload Freight (FTL). LTL transit time is not determined by the distance between shipper and consignee alone. Instead, LTL transit time depends on the network of terminals that are operated by a given carrier and other terminals used by the carrier's beyond-area agents and interline partners. In some instances the LTL freight requires up to 10 days of delivery time frame. Moreover, delivery to beyond points or remote areas will almost always add days to the transit time.
The main advantage to using an LTL carrier is that a shipment may be transported for a fraction of the cost of a more dedicated and faster service. Full truckload carriers are carriers that specialize in transporting large loads that may fill the entire truck room or a container tugged by the truck. Since the load is exclusive to one customer it is assumed that the transport involves one point of pickup and one point of delivery. In most cases the driver arrives with the empty truck to the pickup area, the truck being loaded and when the truck load is secured in place in the truck room (or container), that occupied area is sealed and the truck proceeds directly to the consignee and delivers the freight. Full Truckload (FTL) transit time is normally constrained according to hours of service regulations and distance. Full Truckload drivers will transport freight at an average speed of 50 miles per hour.
To the offered quote price one will need to add payments for extra options such as lift gates, residential service at pickup or delivery, inside home/office delivery, notification prior to delivery, freeze protection, and others. These services are usually billed at a predetermined flat fee by the chosen carrier.
There are quite a few other expenses one need to tackle and they are not limited to tolls, custom duties, port fees, paperwork preparation, certificate issuance and insurance.
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