You can pull off a time sensitive miracle: on time pickup, quick transit, and perfect delivery window; but if your freight arrives damaged that means an unhappy consignee and delayed deadlines for the replacement. That’s why proper packaging is a key to success that most people overlook.
Proper packaging and labeling is essential, not only to keep your supply chain in motion but to protect your shipments. Whether you are a first-time shipper or a logistics pro, properly preparing your shipments for pickup can be a hassle. But when done correctly, it can make your job easier and prevent headaches.
In a recent shipment, a GTS 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?
Depending upon your shipping habits, you have probably, experienced the wrath of the carriers. Frequent shippers often run into a number of discrepancies and face additional charges for things that seem minor. While infrequent shippers struggle to remember all the little details to shipping that the carriers require for their process. Not adhering to the carrier’s long list of preferences can lead to additional charges and repeat offenders can land on a carrier’s ‘difficult shipper’ list. If a carrier finds on multiple occasions that your freight is not the weight, size or packaged as you originally reported, they will place you on a list to be audited each time you ship to ensure you are following best practices. Each discrepancy adds to the overall cost to ship.