How to Figure Out Cost of Freight To …

August 7, 2018 by Mikayla Avila Vila
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While we aren’t fortune tellers at FreightCenter, we’ve been in the logistics business long enough to predict what you’re about to ask: how much is the cost of freight to (insert destination)? Fortunately, we have the answers you seek! Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as 1, 2, 3, but don’t worry, you’re in luck—we’ll break it down and give you an idea of how you can expect your cost of freight to be calculated wherever you’re shipping.

Understanding What Cost of Freight Is

The cost of shipping is called freight rate. Freight rate is made up of a multitude of variables, like weight and density, as well as distance and capacity. There is no stable base rate for costs because so many of the factors needed to calculate the cost to ship freight are constantly fluctuating. So much so that even the logistics industry can’t predict what it’ll be. What we can do, however, is use the full details concerning your shipment to generate the most accurate (and feasible) freight rate.

We don’t want you to settle for any ol’ price!

Generating the Cost of Freight

While different modes of road transport will have differing rates—whether you decide to ship less-than-truckload (LTL), partial truckload (PTL), or full truckload (FTL)—some factors that affect freight costs overlap.

For instance, the accessibility of that location can be key to determining your rate. Will interlining be necessary? While loads often change hands (or trucks)—especially in LTL—interlining is when a shipment is transferred between different carriers. This will affect the rate.

Here are some other common factors that will affect freight costs:

Rates will differ from road, rail, ocean, and air transport.

Popular Shipping Destinations

Distance of travel plays a big part in determining the cost of freight shipments. Something to keep in mind about your rate is that the further away your cargo has to go, the higher the freight rate will be. We want to highlight origin and destination by compiling a list of some of the more common places for shippers to ship to and from so you can get a sense of how geography can affect pricing.

Let Us Find Your Best Freight Rates

FreightCenter’s instant quote tool quickly calculates real-time pricing, matching you with the most affordable and reliable carriers across the nation. All you have to do it plug in your information and you’ll be ready to go! Our freight agents will figure out the rest.

If you have any questions about determining the cost of your freight, contact one of our expert freight agents at 800.716.7608, or explore our FAQ.

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