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[OP]
Newbie
Apr 9, 2017
3 posts

LTL domestic freight for cheap

Are there any companies like Flagship or Netparcel which provide discounts for LTL for Ontario?

Im trying to send a 250kg pallet to Amazon but its still cheaper to send as multiple parcels using Amazon.ca FBA shipping account with UPS than a pallet. Right now I am paying $0.52 - $0.58 per kg using parcel.

250kg @ $0.58/kg is $145

Heres what I've been quoted from others:

Fedex: $146.27
-Charges an extra $130 for residential (I need this)
-Pallet Jack Free
-Lift gate $126 (I need this)

...roughly $400

Purolator

~$400


If I had all the machinery and location its still cheaper to send as parcels, why is this? Does anyone have any referrals or suggestions? Im suprised LTL is still so expensive compared to parcel shipments to Amazon FBA.
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Penalty Box
Feb 26, 2017
13 posts
2 upvotes
try e-shipper from what I know they hooked me up with FedEx which didnt charge me additional for residence address.
Member
Nov 22, 2008
247 posts
39 upvotes
There are a few online resellers who have LTL, but Freightcom in my experience has been the cheapest. We only do a pallet once or twice a month, but I used Netparcel, Eshipper and Shiptime for pallets and Freightcom was still cheaper than all of them.

I was going to check my rate for you on my account, but I really can't use what you posted for an example... I'm guessing the skid is picking up from your house and needs a tailgate.. but what amazon warehouse is it going to? Where are you located (city)?

And eshipper hooked you up with no residential fees?! how the hell you swing that?

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Because it's a slow morning, I played around with it; shipped from my postal code in North York to Amazon Brampton (L6Y 0C9).. regular pallet 4x4x4 at 550LB, opted for a residential pickup, tailgate pickup and a appointment delivery and the best rate came out at less than $160
right now it's comparing apples to oranges because we don't know where it's being picked up from or what Amazon it's being delivered to.. but you definitely have better options than the rates you posted
[OP]
Newbie
Apr 9, 2017
3 posts
Thanks for the referral. Freightcom gave a lot more offers, although Eshipper was still cheaper on the base charge with Speedy Express by roughly $20. All the surcharges are still the same, ie: residential pickup, Lift gate, etc.

LTL would only be worthwhile if I had a loading dock and didnt need a liftgate since thats that most expensive fee at ~$50. Since im in an aprtment building this is physically impossible and I dont see it being worth my time to try and haggle some business to borrow their loading dock for the measly savings. I could only see myself doing a massive shipment like this on a pallet maybe once a month so this isnt economically feasible to me. Maybe if I get more demand I could form a relationship with a local business and ask to "borrow" one of their loading docks, but this seems like a very challenging request to make. I'd have to pay them to borrow their dock and this would cut in to any savings I had by using LTL.
Member
Nov 22, 2008
247 posts
39 upvotes
speer123 wrote:
Apr 20th, 2017 5:01 pm
Thanks for the referral. Freightcom gave a lot more offers, although Eshipper was still cheaper on the base charge with Speedy Express by roughly $20. All the surcharges are still the same, ie: residential pickup, Lift gate, etc.

LTL would only be worthwhile if I had a loading dock and didnt need a liftgate since thats that most expensive fee at ~$50. Since im in an aprtment building this is physically impossible and I dont see it being worth my time to try and haggle some business to borrow their loading dock for the measly savings. I could only see myself doing a massive shipment like this on a pallet maybe once a month so this isnt economically feasible to me. Maybe if I get more demand I could form a relationship with a local business and ask to "borrow" one of their loading docks, but this seems like a very challenging request to make. I'd have to pay them to borrow their dock and this would cut in to any savings I had by using LTL.
You're comparing eshipper's speedy LTL rate to freightcom's? And eshipper was $20 cheaper? I find that seriously questionable.

And I'm confused.. you were asking if any one knew of a reseller that did LTL. You were given two options.. I said freightcom and someone else said eshipper.. but now you're saying it's not worthwhile? I just ran it again, and my cost is $135.75.. I don't know what you're paying for UPS or whatever but $135 isn't so bad if you ask me for the residential pick up and tailgate. And these options are far less than the $400 you were quoted by both fedex and purolator... how much cheaper do you need to be?
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