The Shipper can, at its discretion, get a rate quote to find out how much transportation will cost. When they are ready to ship, the Shipper will prepare a Bill of Lading (BOL) and contact the Carrier to schedule a pickup. The Carrier would then pick up the freight and deliver to final destination. Carriers utilize a standard procedure that involves the truck driver backing up to a loading dock, the Shipper (Consignor) loading the cargo, the driver transporting the cargo to the receivers (Consignee) loading dock to be unloaded by the consignee. Any services required outside of this standard procedure may require additional rates called accessorials (see Rates & Potential Fees).
Class refers to the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) number that specifically identifies each type of product that can be shipped by a carrier. This NMFC number must be accurate when inputting Peninsula Trucks Lines rate inquiry and then must be entered again on the Bill of Lading (BOL). Class is an important factor in most pricing applications . Should the carrier suspect that the weight or class of your freight is incorrect; they will re-weigh and correctly re-class your load which will result in a reweigh and inspection fee.
If you do not know what class your freight is, please contact the rate department at (253) 929-2000 (M-F 8 am to 5 pm PT) or send us an email.
If your freight shipment is inaccurately weighed or classed and is re-weighed or re-classed by the Carrier. If these changes result in a change in rate, additional reweigh or reclassification fees may apply
If you are unsure of what the rates to ship your freight might be the first step would be to get a quote. You can get a quote by phone or the website. We would strongly suggest that you put that quote number on the Bill of Lading (BOL) to help us get those rates applied.
Extra fees would apply if services are required to accomplish the delivery that were not listed on the BOL or original quote. If the driver is required to go inside (beyond the front door or loading dock) to pick up or deliver a load, additional fees will be assessed. The same holds true for liftgate service. When the shipper or receiver does not have a loading dock, a motorized platform affixed to the back of some types of trucks will be required to load and off-load the cargo.
Typically LTL freight carriers pick up in the afternoon and deliver in the morning. In most locations, a few hours of lead time is sufficient for same day pickup.
Standard transit times are not guaranteed unless the locations allow for 9:00 am or noon guaranteed delivery service and that service is selected and notated on the Bill of Lading (BOL).
Be sure that your shipment is packaged so that the items are protected and secured. Boxed/crated and palletized shipments are optimal; secure the boxes/crates or items to the pallet with binding, strapping or shrink/stretch wrap. Each handling unit should be clearly labeled with the Shipper and Consignee information. It is imperative that the completed Bill of Lading (BOL) be given to the driver.
Any Bill of Lading (BOL) that is completely filled out is acceptable.