#3: For the Best Service from Beginning to End, There Is a “Right Size” For Freight
Experienced freight forwarders pride themselves on being able to handle all sizes and types of freight—oversized, heavy, oddly shaped, etc.
That said, there’s also an “ideal” type of less-than-container load (LCL) freight that’s very easy for a freight forwarder to load into a container.
Think of it this way: Loading a container is kind of like playing a game of Tetris. Forwarders are very good at it. But we all know that when a bunch of squares drop from the sky during Tetris, it’s very easy to find them a spot. That’s the kind of freight we’re talking about.
So what’s a “Tetris square” when it comes to less-than-container-load freight? Palletized freight that’s up to 84″ tall, 80″ wide and 48″ deep. That size fits perfectly into a container, and it also fits in a box truck.
What does this mean to you?
- You’re likely to get the best rates available, since it’s easy for a forwarder to find a spot for this kind of freight—and it’s easy for them to handle.
- You’ll subject your freight to minimal handling. Occasionally, when forwarders receive freight that doesn’t conform to those dimensions, they’ll deconsolidate it and re-wrap it. For example, let’s say you’ve got a pallet of stackable bins with a height of 104″ instead of 84″. It’s possible the forwarder might take the top level of bins off your pallet and wrap them to another pallet in order to fit your load in the container. When freight gets repackaged, there’s always a (slight) possibility of damage or mishandling. But if your freight conforms to the dimensions above, it’s likely that it will be shipped as-is, with minimal repackaging and handling.
- You’re likely to get quick and easy delivery. As we mentioned above, freight that conforms to these dimensions means this piece of freight can move in practically any kind of truck, including a box truck. These trucks are easy to maneuver around Maui, so your freight will arrive on the island ready to be quickly loaded and delivered to its final destination.
In other words, when you’re able to send standard-sized freight, you’ll set yourself up for the best rates and the best overall service possible.
Of course, we understand that’s not always doable, and we’re happy to work with you to deliver any kind of freight to any location on Maui. However, there are times when this type of packaging may be in your control, and this knowledge might save you some time and money—or both.