The Ins & Outs of Freight Rates

Freight rates are somewhat complicated to the person who doesn’t know how they are calculated. That’s why it is important to understand the ins and outs of freight rates. If you can understand how these rates are calculated, you will have a much better handle on getting the best rate.

The Ins & Outs of Freight Rates

Weight: The first thing that goes into calculating a freight rate is the weight of the item being shipped. How much something weighs is probably the most important factor when it comes to shipping something. It is not the only factor, but it is the main consideration. Generally, companies have charts that determine how much something will cost to ship depending upon the weight.

Density: However, density also factors into how much a rate is. Most people do not think about the density much, because generally it is not calculated. However, if you have a great deal of weight in a very small package, it can affect what kind of rate you get. Usually, this is not factor into the final shipping price unless the density is a major problem.

Classification: The classification of something being shipped may factor into it. Some items require special handling which may make it more inconvenient for the shipping company. For example, if something is fragile, it may need special handling which requires it to be separated from other items and treated with more caution.

Distance: Obviously, the last factor is how far the item is going. The distance of the item that is being shipped is usually combined with the weight. While density and classification may not make as much of a difference with most shipped items, weight and distance are always factored into the price. The longer the distance the object has to go, the more it is going to cost to ship.

The Junction LLC

As a leader in the transportation industry, we demand excellence from our entire team. Our team at The Junction LLC strives to deliver the best possible customer service and is driven by a desire to solve our customer’s toughest transportation and supply chain needs.

Our team is dedicated to serving our customers and will take the necessary action to deliver our customers’ products safely, efficiently, and on-time. This is our promise to you!

Trucking & Freight Shipping Services:


  • Overweight,
  • Over-dimension
  • Time sensitive shipments
  • LTL (Less-Than-Truckload)
  • FTL (Full Truckload)
  • Flatbed
  • Flatbed LTLRGN (removable goose neck lowboy)
  • RGN (removable goose neck lowboy)
  • Maxi’s / A-Train / B-Train
  • Heavy Haul
  • Over Dimensional
  • Dry Van
  • Dry Van LTL
  • Refrigerated
  • Refrigerated LTL
  • Power Only

Additional Services:

  • Our sister companies can also provide warehousing in our food grade facilities, cross-docking, and contract warehousing.

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