Top Freight Shipping Questions – Answered!

Posted by Charlene Hui

If your small business needs to move a skidded shipment, you will know that freight shipping is very different from small parcel shipping When your shipment is too large to travel by courier, FlagShip’s Freight LTL services can arrange for less-than-truckload (LTL) and full-truckload (FTL) skid shipments. Our team of logistic specialists have answered our top freight shipping questions to make your small business shipping as easy as possible. 

What does logistics mean? Is it different from LTL?  

Logistics refers to the global supply chain management.  Everything from the manufacturer to end receiver, which includes warehousing, trucking, rail, air, ocean, pick and packing. So yes, logistics is different from LTL.  LTL refers to the size of the shipment (less than a truckload). Click here to learn the difference between LTL, FTL, LCL and FCL shipments. 

What are accessorial charges?  

An accessorial charge is a fee added to a freight cost for any additional freight shipping service that a carrier provides in order to make a standard delivery and/or pickup. They usually occur with LTL shipments and we always make sure to include these charges during the quoting process when we are made aware of them. Read our blog on the most common accessorial charges. 

Does FlagShip ship to places other than Canada?   

Yes.  FlagShip is a Third–party reseller; we can ship anywhere in the world.  

Can my UPS account be used for clearance of a skidded shipment?  

No, your UPS account cannot be used for clearance for a freight shipment because the majority of accounts set up with UPS for clearance is through their small packages.  If you are shipping skids or something too large to go via courier, you will need to have your own customs broker.   

Why would I use FlagShip when I could go directly to a carrier?  

The number one reason is FlagShip is your one–stop shop solution.  When it comes to freight shipments there is plenty to consider, the great news is that we do the bill of lading for you, we do the tracking and tracing,  and above all if there are any issues, we deal with it for you. As a business owner, you gain a knowledgeable partner that helps streamline your supply chain and stay on top of your consumer demand.  

With FlagShip, not only do you save time and money, you also benefit from the best customer support team available to you and your clients’ inquiries. There is only one phone number to call, one consolidated invoice, live customer support (even after hours!), the latest in technological innovation, 15 years of proven service and FlagShip has been ranked on Canadian Business’s Growth 500 list of the country’s fastest growing companies since 2012. 

So remember, no shipment is too big or too small, and we cover all of Canada and anywhere in the world. Whether you need tips on how to wrap your pallet for freight shippingor need help on a shipping quote – our team of specialists are always here to help.  

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our Logistics Team at dispatch@flagshipcompany.com or give us a call at our toll-free number 1-866-320-8383.