How To Choose The Right Trucking Company For Your Business

How To Choose The Right Trucking Company For Your Business

There are many benefits to using a Lafayette trucking company to haul freight. The difficult part is choosing the trucking company that is right for your needs and company. It is a big decision for any business. Here are some tips to help you get started.

What Are You Shipping?

Before you even begin to contact Lafayette trucking services you have to ask yourself some questions so you are prepared when you start contacting trucking companies. These questions include:

  • What am I shipping as different products require different methods?
  • How much does my shipment weigh?
  • Will the shipment need to be put in crates or put on pallets?
  • Your destination: local, interstate or international.
  • Do I have access to equipment like a forklift, loading dock, etc. for ease of pickup.

Once you have determined what type of service you need and how quickly you need it, you can start the process of looking for a reliable trucking company that will meet your needs. 

How Do You Choose The Right Shipping Company?

There are many factors involved in helping you choose the right shipping company including:

1. Reputation:

Spend some time researching what the company stands for. Look at different company websites and check out their social media. Read through the customer reviews with an open mind. Search for reviews about the same or similar items you are shipping. Remember someone is always going to something negative to say about their service. 

2. Flexible:

As your business grows you may find you need different items shipped. Look for a company that can accommodate your needs as they change. Can they make different and multiple types of shipments?  Look for companies that allow for flexibility and options. 

3. Experience:

It is important that your work with a trucking company that has experience to handle your deliveries. Ask them if they shipped your type of product before. This is especially important with high value or fragile items you may be shipping, like antiques or pharmaceuticals.

4. Equipment:

You may need to store your shipment, or it may need to be refrigerated. Can the company provide packing or loading services? Make sure you discuss your special considerations when interviewing different trucking companies. 

5. Registration

Make sure the freight shipping company is registered to operate in the state where your items will be delivered to.

6. Insurance:

If a company cannot give you information about insurance options, take it as a warning sign. Another question to ask them is what their process is should your shipment gets damaged.  Make sure you also ask about additional insurance when interviewing a potential company. 

7. Tracking:

Make sure that you ask the company what their procedure is if the shipment is delayed or encounters other problems. Also ask them if you will be able to track your shipment. 

No matter what type of cargo you need to have delivered, Spurlock Transport LCC is the reliable way to get the job done. We pride ourselves on providing fast delivery, dependable service and satisfaction, no matter your trucking needs. Call us today and let us help you get your product on the road.