How to Ship Something by Freight

by Heather Topham Wood; Updated September 26, 2017

When you want to ship something that weighs more than 150 pounds, you will have to ship by freight, which is used to transport larger items, such as furniture, automobiles, large equipment pieces and more. You have a choice of several different freight shipping services offering different modes of transportation, including air, boat and truck.

Step 1

Choose a freight shipment service provider. FedEx, UPS and ACT all offer a variety of services. You can compare the rates of numerous service providers on freightcenter.com.

Step 2

Weigh your freight shipment and measure its dimensions so your shipper can provide you with an accurate price.

Step 3

Determine your freight class, which can range from 50 to 500. Once you let your freight company know the type of shipment you are sending it will assign you your class.

Step 4

Once you have provide the company with the basic information about your shipment it can let you know how much it will cost to deliver the item.

Step 5

You may want to request extra services, such as trade show delivery, limited access delivery points, hazardous material delivery, insurance or lift gate requirements.

Step 6

Select air, boat or truck delivery and pay the company, which will arrange to pick up the shipment at the specified location.

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Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.