Harsh winter weather is just around the corner. To help you prepare your LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) shipments for winter shipping success, our Domestic Freight Management team is here to help. So what is protect from freeze, how much does it typically cost and what proactive steps can shippers take to maximize the investment?
Protect From Freeze is an additional service that select LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) carriers provide during the winter months. Many carriers provide the service from November 1 through May 31 but this date range can fluctuate.
When applied to a shipment, cargo is kept at or above a certain temperature (usually 32 degrees Fahrenheit) throughout its journey.
Beverages, produce, cosmetics, chemicals, paint, pharmaceuticals and batteries are some of the most common commodities shipped under Protect From Freeze service.
Some important factors to know include:
When selecting Protect From Freeze service, shippers will incur additional shipping costs. Typically, Protect From Freeze is charged per CWT (ranges $1.00 – $4.00 per CWT) or as a flat fee per shipment (ranges $15-$60 flat fee). Carriers can also apply a minimum charge, commonly in the range of $25-$45 per shipment.
If you are unfamiliar with CWT, or hundredweight, it is a unit of measurement commonly used in the transportation industry. In North America, a hundredweight is equal to 100 pounds.
There are certain steps shippers can take to help ensure the investment in Protect From Freeze service is maximized. Below are a few tips:
Shipping during the winter months can present unique challenges and bitterly cold weather is just one of the factors to plan for. To continue reading our tips to help you ship with intelligence over the next few months, check out the below related blog posts.
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