5 Tips for Shipping Freight in Canada

Shipping freight that needs to get from Kelowna to Munkton? What about that big box of bean bag babies that you’ve been waiting to cash in on if you can just get it from Regina to Ft. McMurray? Whatever it is that you need moved across Canada, this no-nonsense guide will give you five tips to make shipping freight as hassle-free as possible.
  • Make sure your freight is securely packed.
    • Regardless of which freight company you choose, a sloppy packing job exposes your shipment to all kinds of damage. Remember that your parcel will be transported either by ground or air, and that during that process shifting and shaking is inevitable. Newspaper, bubble wrap, and foam are all good investments when packaging an item for shipping via a freight company.
  • Choose the shipping company that’s right for you.
    • Shipping and freight companies offer different services, and often charge different rates for those services. Some companies specialize in getting your freight to its destination as soon as possible, while others specialize in hazardous materials, or oversized freight.
  • Use online tools to track your freight’s progress.
    • Most shipping and freight companies offer detailed tracking information to help you monitor your shipment’s progress from point A to point B. In most cases, the freight company’s website will provide you with tracking tools, but some of the larger companies also have mobile apps that allow you to check up on your freight from anywhere.
  • Consider shipping or freight Insurance.
    • Regardless of how well you pack your freight, accidents do happen. Nearly all shipping and freight companies have policies that protect their customers from lost shipments or damage, but those policies usually only come into play if the shipping company has erred in some way. If your shipment is damaged due to poor packaging or lost due to improper addressing, you may be liable. If this is a concern for you, it may be worth it to protect your freight with shipping insurance. Be sure to check with your freight or shipping company to find out what kind of insurance policies they may offer.
  • Take advantage of convenient pick-up/drop-off options.
    • Some freight companies make this easier than others, but nearly all of them have a few different options for getting your freight to them or picking up your freight from them. In some cases, the company may have stand-alone drop-off points in high-traffic areas. Sometimes, however, you may have to go a little bit out of your way to get your parcel to the shipping company. Make sure to find out which company offers the right solutions to meet your needs.

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