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Avoiding Costly Shipping Mistakes: Linear Foot Rule

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Jan 16, 2017 1:55:33 PM

In a recent shipment, an Ascent client ran into a costly shipping mistake that we often see. In this situation, the shipper faced additional carrier charges due to miscommunication. The freight was called into the carrier and reported on the BOL  with the dimensions of 40”x48” (13.3’); however, they loaded their freight on the truck as 48”x40” (16’). Since the shipper loaded their freight in the truck differently than they originally noted on their shipping paperwork, they exceeded the designated linear foot rule, resulting in additional charges. How does this happen?

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Topics: linear foot, Shipping 101