LTL freight shipping can be complicated when you are trying to manage it on your own. There are many details that go into the paperwork that mistakes happen. This is why your final freight bill may have extra charges that end up affecting your company’s bottom line. Here are some common accessorial charges and ways to reduce them.
Accessorial charges are fees added to a freight bill for additional services that the carrier might provide. Common examples are liftgate, redelivery, reclassification, reweigh, and more. Accessorial charges are completed by carriers without notifying shipper or paying party. Here are details about ways to avoid extra charges.
A liftgate is a hydraulic lift on the back of a truck that lowers freight from the truck. They design commercial trucks to load and unload conveniently onto loading docks. However, when there is no loading dock area, they require a liftgate.
LTL base rates are decided by shipment weight, dimension, and classification. Your freight class determines the carrier’s shipping charges. It identifies the size, value, and difficulty of transporting your LTL freight. There are a total of 18 freight classes ranging from class 50 up to class 500.
Reclassification is when the carrier inspects the shipment and has to reclassify it. Resulting in additional fees.
The classification is based on a few calculations. If you accurately have the numbers, then you can provide the accurate freight class, in turn avoiding the reclassification fee.
A reweigh occurs when the weight on the Bill of Lading (BOL) does not match the weight the carrier shows on their scale, resulting in an additional charge.
When it comes to avoiding LTL freight reweighs, here are a few things that you can do.
If you need assistance with an LTL shipment or have any questions about how to avoid extra shipping costs, PPLUS can help. PPLUS is a third-party logistics provider that has been providing decades of experience in transportation and logistics.