We get it – freight shipping can be complicated. And with so much to remember, it’s easy to make mistakes that can negatively impact your company’s bottom line. Luckily, Unishippers is here to help you identify—and avoid—the most common freight shipping mistakes.
Mistake #1: Using only one freight carrier
Do you rely on just one carrier for all of your freight shipping? While it’s great to find a carrier that you trust, depending on only one carrier for all your freight shipping needs may be costing you. Using a transportation management system—like Unishippers Freight Manager—can help you easily compare costs and delivery options to find the best option for your shipment.
Mistake #2: Listing the wrong freight class
Before you send a shipment, you need to make sure you correctly fill out the bill of lading. One of the most common mistakes shippers make on their bill of lading is listing the wrong freight class. There are 18 possible freight classes and listing the wrong one could end up costing you time and money. Learn how to class freight in 4 minutes with our helpful video.
Mistake #3: Improperly packaging your shipment
If your shipment is damaged in transit, your claim may be denied if it wasn’t properly packaged. Be sure to use the proper packaging medium—such as corrugated fiberboard boxes, crates, or pallets—for your shipment to ensure it arrives without damage. Read our article to learn the dos and don’ts of prepping freight shipments.
Mistake #4: Incorrectly handling a freight claim
If damage to your shipment does occur, it’s important to file your claim correctly to give you the greatest chance of success. Be sure to fill out the claim form completely and as soon as possible. Also, make sure you provide photographic evidence that can help you justify your claim. You can learn more about properly filing a claim by watching our Tips for Claim Filing Success video.
A third-party logistics partner like Unishippers can help you avoid costly freight mistakes and ensure your shipping goes as smoothly as possible.