Harsh winter weather is just around the corner. To help you prepare your LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) shipments for winter shipping success, our Domestic team is here to help. Here is what you need to know about protect from freeze, including how much it typically costs and what proactive steps shippers can take to maximize their 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; however, 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 information to factor into your decision-making:
When selecting Protect From Freeze service, shippers can expect to incur additional shipping costs. Typically, Protect From Freeze is charged per CWT (hundredweight, or 100 pounds), ranging from $1-4 per CWT, or as a flat fee per shipment, ranging from $15-60. Carriers can also apply a minimum charge, commonly in the range of $25-45 per shipment.
There are certain steps shippers can take to help ensure their investment in Protect From Freeze service is maximized. Below are a few tips:
Who says logistics has to be complicated? We certainly didn’t. Contact the Ascent team to learn more about our Domestic solutions.