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Freight companies are intended to provide safe passage of your valuable products to your customers. When they do not do this, they create stressful situations that can lead to you not only losing the customer but also money. For this reason, it's important that you're familiar with the logistics of your shipment and also the company's services before hire:
Business Incorporation & Health of Trucks
With any business, particularly something as important as shipping large company property from one location to another, you want to know that you've put the job in the right hands. You want an experienced company who has been around for a while, built a positive reputation within the industry and has adapted to difficult situations in the past to ensure the shipment was deliver safely on time.
In most cases, this means working with a company who's been in business for a few years. A company who is familiar with all the latest technology and who's drivers meet today's standards and regulations.
Hand-in-hand with the history of the business, is the health of its trucks. Old trucks increase the likelihood that your shipment may not run smoothly. This is because older trucks often require more maintenance and should not be on the road as long as newer trucks. Maintenance issues will result in delays and stress for you.
Size of Business
Truck drivers are required to only be on the road for a maximum number of hours. This is for both their safety and also for the safety of other drivers around them. If you have one freight package that is going from one side of the coast to the other, you'll need a company that has multiple stops along the way, where their drivers can switch out. These stops are referred to as hubs. The more hubs a company operators and/or has access to, the increased probability of your shipment running smoothly.
You're shipping a large expensive package across country or really anywhere away from your main facility. The last thing you want to be worried about is if your shipment is not covered by insurance and something should happen. Before hiring a freight company, always inquire about their insurance coverage and rates. You'll want to find an option that best serves your needs and protects your product.
If a company does not offer insurance or will not adjust their rates based upon the size and weight of your shipment, you may want to consider another company. Insurance is a necessity, so any company without it, should immediately be removed as an option.
If the issue is with the rates, then you can expect to have difficulties should anything ever happen to your package; not to mention, you'll be unfairly paying more money, no matter the size or weight. Contact a company like Tail Lift Transport with any questions you have.