Large Freight Services
The ability to offer large freight
shipping capabilities to your customers differentiates us from
Sunshine Pack & Ship® centers
commonly get inquiries daily from customers wanting to ship large
items and multiple-piece shipments to domestic and international
destinations. For these large freight shipments, we use carriers
whose regular business is to accept and deliver these types of shipments.
What is “ Large Freight”,
one might ask? We define it as any single parcel, box, unitized
pallet or crate which is either too big or too heavy for the parcel
carriers to accept. Specified below in the box is the limits for
the largest size and heaviest package that UPS, FedEx, DHL and
the USPS will pickup and deliver domestically.
36” x 25”
165 inches L+G
165 inches L+G
130 inches L+G
*70 pounds maximum for FedEx Home
Weight can either be actual weight or dimensional (DIM)
L + G = Length and Girth
Due to the carrier size and weight limits for packages and freight,
customers have a difficult time finding outlets who handle these
types of shipments. For individuals and business people looking for
a company that they can trust with their large freight needs, we
say come to a Sunshine Pack & Ship® center,
the company with many years in large freight business.
Sunshine Pack & Ship® centers have the
know-how to ship large items across town, across the country or even
around the world. The trained and experienced personnel there have
the knowledge and the expertise to ship all types of items, along
with the technology to safely pack valuable and delicate items to
avoid damage while being transported.
Coupled with the ability to select a carrier most suitable; that
is the advantage when using a Sunshine Pack & Ship® center.
For a shipping estimate from a Sunshine Pack & Ship® center
near you, click here to
find a location near you.
Commonly Asked Large Freight
Why should I use Sunshine
Pack & Ship®?
Pack & Ship® is reliable, professional, price competitive
and EASY to use. Sunshine Pack & Ship® has partnered
with some of the largest carriers in the industry to offer its
customers pricing that cannot be beat. Some of these large freight
companies with service in the US include:
- Long-haul motor carriers such as Roadway
Express & Overnite
- Regional motor carriers such as R&L
- Padded van line moving of household goods and special products
with Atlas Van Lines; and
- International capabilities with quality air cargo and ocean
How much will it cost to ship large freight?
Pack & Ship® pricing on domestic motor freight is
among the best in the industry. We can offer you discounted class
rates with many accessorial charges waived. In addition, Roadway
waives the 500 pound minimum on HHG (Household Goods), the residential
delivery charges, notification charges, among others.
I don’t know the weight
of a large awkward piece. Is there a way I can estimate that?
Yes. You can
estimate weight of most items by taking the cubic feet of a shipment
(take the length times width times height in inches, then divide
by 1728) and multiplying that number by 7 pounds per cubic foot.
This is the industry standard used by padded van lines movers
to estimate weight, and we have found this formula quite helpful
in making estimates for all carriers as well. But remember, all
weight estimates are just such, and all final prices are dependent
on the actual weight of the items, as weighed on certified scales.
What should I do if I am unaware
of the class of freight I’m shipping? Simply
put, all shipments of used items, not new, will be classified
as “Household Goods”,
NMFC Class 100 for rating purposes. For items other than HHG,
the easiest thing to do is call us. Our staff is experienced
in determining the pro per class for your freight shipment.
What guidelines should I use when determining how much
packaging is needed for a motor freight shipment?
you pack your own shipment, you should pack it the same way for
motor freight as if the shipment was traveling by a parcel carrier.
Remember, because there is no weight limit to the packages carried
by motor freight, packaging should be substantial in all cases
to protect the shipment from other freight. However, if you do
your own packing, Sunshine Pack & Ship® will
not be liable for claims for damage, and be fully released from
any liability for internal or concealed damage, not apparent
at the time of delivery.
What if I have something to ship that cannot be brought
to a SPS location?
Just give us a call. We can
arrange for you to not even touch it, by having our crew bring
a truck and proper equipment out to your location to make the
How do I know when a lift gate is needed and if extra
charges might apply?
When sending to a delivery
location without a loading dock, any shipment containing unitized
items, weighing more than 110 pounds, are subject to lift gate
charges. With the Sunshine Pack & Ship® program,
you are able to choose a carriers who provides that service either
at a reduced fee or at no extra charge.
What should the receiver know about the delivery?
large freight carriers require that someone be present at the time
of delivery to sign a delivery receipt. And if the delivery location
is a residence, most carriers will require a delivery appointment.
Unless special services are requested in advance, the truck drivers
will not unpack or set up the items, or cart away any packaging material.
When motor freight shipping is specified, the trucking company is
only obligated to perform what is called “curbside delivery”,
meaning that the receiver is responsible for assisting and/or moving
the shipment beyond the truck. If the item must be further handled
or carried inside a structure, extra charges for additional handling
or inside delivery will apply. Any charges for services performed
at the destination are the obligation of the receiver, and the carrier
will look to the receiver for payment, unless previous arrangement
are made, specified on the shipping contract, and paid for in advance
Is the receiver responsible for inspecting the shipment
upon arrival? Yes. Tell them to be sure to count
and inspect the shipment and all its packages prior to signing
the delivery receipt. Be sure to have the driver note any damages
or missing pieces on the all his copies as well. If the shipment
is insured, the Underwriters evaluate these notations, and use
them to settle the claim. If a delivery receipt is not notated
with any damage or shortage exceptions, then it is said that
the shipment is delivered “clear”, essentially releasing
the carrier of liability even if damages is discovered later.
In all cases, a report of loss or damage must be called in immediately
to the Sunshine Pack & Ship® shipping location,
and not later than 48 hours after delivery to substantiate a
claim. Never move the shipment or discard any packaging material
until after the carrier inspector has made his report.
How does Sunshine Pack & Ship® handle
We offer express, expedited
or standard shipping programs by land, air and sea, with quality
air cargo and ocean carriers who can deliver from a few days
to a few weeks. Ever since Sept. 11 th, the industry has been
very limited by the number of air carriers accepting shipments
from parties not known to them, commonly called “unknown
shippers”. Recently, however, some Sunshine Pack & Ship® locations
have registered with the Transportation Security Administration
to accept these air shipments from those customers. Those not
certified can nevertheless accommodate your international shipping
via a surface carrier, by ground truck and/or LCL or FCL ocean
carriage, at very economical rates. This service is a great advantage
to you and your receivers, so check with the local Sunshine
Pack & Ship® location for details.
What documentation is needed for shipping internationally?
shipments, other than those containing personal & business correspondence,
will require that certain documentation be prepared prior to shipping.
The following documents are commonly used in exporting; but which
of them are necessary in a particular transaction depends on the
requirements of the US government and the government of the importing
- Air Waybill, for air freight
shipments, which can never be made in negotiable form.
- Bill of Lading,
for vessel shipments, of two types: a straight bill of lading
which is nonnegotiable and a negotiable or shipper’s order
bill of lading.
- Commercial Invoice, often
used by governments to determine the true value of goods when assessing
- Consular Invoice, (if required
in some countries) certified by the consular official of the foreign
country stationed here.
- Certificate of Origin,
a signed statement as to the origin of the export item, usually
by a semiofficial organization such as a local chamber of commerce.
- NAFTA Certificate of Origin,
required for products traded among the North American Free Trade
Agreement countries ( Canada , US, and Mexico ).
- Inspection Certification,
required by some purchasers and countries in order to attest to
the specifications of the goods shipped.
- Dock Receipt and Warehouse Receipt,
used to transfer accountability when the export item is moved by
the domestic carrier to the port of embarkation and left with the
ship line for export.
- Shipper’s Export Declaration
to control exports and act as a source document for official U.S.
export statistics. SEDs must be prepared for shipments through
the U.S. Postal Service when the shipment is valued over $500.
SEDs are required for shipments not using the U.S. Postal Service
when the value of the commodities, classified under any single
Schedule B number, is over $2,500. SEDs must be prepared, regardless
of value, for all shipments requiring an export license or destined
for countries restricted by the Export Administration Regulations.
SEDs are prepared by the exporter or the exporter’s agent
and delivered to the exporting carrier (for example, the post office,
airline, or vessel line). The exporting carrier will present the
required number of copies to the U.S. Customs Service at the port
of export. Often, the SED is prepared as a by-product of another
document, the Shipper’s Letter of Instructions.
- Export License, used to
authorizes the export of specific goods in specific quantities
to a particular destination.
- Export Packing List,
considerably more detailed and informative than a standard domestic
packing list. It itemizes the material in each individual package
and indicates the type of package, such as a box, crate, drum,
or carton. It also shows the individual weights and measurements
for each package (in both U.S. and metric systems). Package markings
should be shown along with the shipper’s and buyer’s
- Insurance Certificate, used to assure the consignee
that insurance will cover the loss of or damage to the cargo during
How do I know what documentation is actually required,
or if there are any pertinent import restrictions?
Pack & Ship® Centers are only agents for
you, the shipper. We require that you first provide us precise
information as to the description of the goods, because slight
discrepancies or omissions in any resulting documentation preparation
may prevent merchandise from being exported from the US or accepted
by the importing country. Sunshine Pack & Ship® shall
not be liable for incorrect, incomplete or inaccurate responses
given either by you, the shipper or receiver. If there is any
question whether an item can be exported to a particular country,
it is your responsibility to do any research and make such a
determination. The following are recommended sources to provide
- Export Assistance Centers (see http://www.doc.gov).
- The Trade Information Center (1-800-USA-TRADE).
- Foreign government embassies and consulates in the United States
On international shipments, can the receiver pick their
shipment up to save money?
Yes. In most instances,
customers can choose between Door to Door delivery with customs
clearance and delivery included, or Door to Airport/Port. By
picking their shipment up at the destination point of entry (customs
area of the airport or port of entry), prepaid charges will be
less, since you will not be prepaying the destination fees, terminal
handling, delivery charges, customs clearance fees, etc. In all
cases, the receiver will be ultimately responsible for and must
pay all VAT, duties and import taxes assessed by the governmental
authority of the country of importation, prior to release of
Does Sunshine Pack & Ship® offer
declared value coverage for loss or damage, not available to
Many Sunshine Pack & Ship® locations have policies
which allow them to offers all risk cargo coverage to its customers,
backed by some of the most prominent companies in the world,
including Lloyds of London. For specific details, call any one of our locations for more information.
For a shipping estimate from a Sunshine
Pack & Ship® center
near you, click here to
find a location near you.
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