This time of year is marked by earlier sunsets and the subtle appearance of light jackets that echo a slight nip in the air. While this may bring dismay to the fans of summer water sports, many celebrate that football season is upon us. The arrival of football brings a host of logistical demands. Consider these Dry LTL shipping trends every arm-chair quarterback should know.
NMFC Codes for Tailgating Goods
Tailgating essentials don’t make it from the factory to the parking lot alone. LTL carriers and 3PL’s are prepared to arrange movements of chips, buns, ketchup, pickles, and all the staples of pre-game celebrations. It’s important to keep your NMFC classifications in mind, however, as they can dramatically vary by the product.
Traditional food products, such as pickles and ketchup, will move at a class 60 under foodstuffs NMFC item 73227.
Snack and bakery items, such as chips or buns, should be moved under a density-based NMFC code to avoid any unexpected cost increases.
Hots dogs, wings, and other items requiring refrigeration should be moved utilizing a 3PL that specializes in chilled goods. Standard LTL carriers often do not offer refrigerated services.
Similarly, beverages (especially those containing alcohol) require specific expertise. 3PL’s and LTL carriers are ready to do their part with the proper certifications and expertise in state regulations. Generally speaking, liquors will move at class 100 under NMFC #111450, and beer at class 65 under NMFC #111470.
As the snow begins to fall, shippers should consider the need for freeze protection services. A wide variety of LTL carriers are prepared to offer this additional service to protect your freight from dropping temperatures.
It’s recommended to keep the distance traveling to a minimum and try to avoid moving products sensitive to freezing temperatures over weekend transits, as LTL terminals are generally not heated facilities.
Warmer climates are also prone to face challenges as temperatures rise. At times, hurricanes and other extreme weather situations can cause backlogs of freight within an LTL carriers’ system. This can be specific to the area experiencing the weather conditions, but not limited to it. Delays often ripple to other connecting terminals. Maintaining open lines of communication with your broker can limit your exposure in these situations. 3PL’s understand areas of congestion and endeavor to mitigate the delay.
Just like in any good football match, LTL transportation experiences higher pressure in the fourth quarter. Being pro-active in consideration of the challenges outlined can help shippers stay on the winning side. Consult your 3PL broker today to create a game plan for the upcoming season.
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