If you're requesting shipment for your cargo, you'll need to provide the carrier with detailed information about the items you intend to send with his company. You'll also work out an agreed price for shipping those items. Providing this information and starting negotiations is called tendering a load, which can save you headaches down the road when it comes to settling claims about lost or damaged items.

Step 1.

Create an identification code for this shipment if the carrier has not provided you one. This will keep all of the other information for the load organized and accessible through your database when it reaches its destination.

Step 2.

Indicate the date and time when you would like the cargo to be picked up and delivered, as well as the addresses for shipment origin and target destination. Include the best way to make contact with you.

Step 3.

Estimate the total weight of the cargo and communicate that to the carrier. You don't need a detailed inventory at this time, but knowing the weight will help the carrier give you a cost estimate.

Step 4.

Indicate the number of miles you need the shipment to go. Once bids come in from the carrier or carriers with which you tendered the load, you can choose the offer that makes the most sense for you.