How to Ship Heavy or Bulky Items Via Truck Freight

by Lindsey Thompson ; Updated September 26, 2017
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Thanks to freight trucking companies and carriers, consumers wanting to purchase large or bulky items are not limited to buying a product somewhere nearby to pick up themselves. For the right price, a buyer can have nearly anything shipped to him via truck freight. Shipping a heavy or bulky item via truck freight requires the right carrier and packaging.

Choose a Shipper

Typically, the best option for shipping a heavy or bulky item is using the less-than- truckload, or LTL, method. The sender can use an LTL company that contracts with shippers to set up LTL shipping, or he can contact a carrier directly. LTL carriers accept packages and items 150 pounds and heavier and often offer pickup from the sender’s home or business. For packages that weigh less than 150 pounds, FedEx offers truck freight services.

Prep the Package

Each carrier sets its own packaging standards, but most want large and bulky items on pallets if possible. Pallets should be large enough to hold the item without the item extending over the edge and strong enough to withstand the item's weight. To secure the item onto the pallet, the sender should use stretch wrapping, plastic or metallic strapping. For square items, corner boards prevent the edges from damage and scratches and keep the load stable.

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Track the Item

Each pallet should have a large label that can be easily read and contains the sender’s telephone numbers and address so the shipper can contact him in case a problem or confusion arises during shipping. Some carriers provide shipping numbers so the sender can track the package online.

About the Author

Lindsey Thompson began her writing career in 2001. Her work has been published in the Cincinnati Art Museum's "Member Magazine" and "The Ohio Journalist." You'll also find her work on websites like Airbnb, Chron.com, and USAToday.com. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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