Freight vs. Express Small Package. What's right for my shipment?

The specifics of your package will determine the right shipping method for you. Regardless of type, Mercury is here to facilitate your next steps.

Selecting the most suitable shipping method for your package can be a daunting task. However, understanding the difference between freight and express small package shipping can simplify your decision. Mercury is here to assist you in navigating the process and ensuring your shipment arrives on time and in excellent condition.

Freight vs. Express Small Package: Understanding the Basics

Shipping methods vary based on the size and weight of the items being transported. While some companies handle individual, box-sized packages, others deal with large-scale, palletized products in considerable quantities. Here, we break down the distinctions between freight and small package shipping to help you make an informed choice.

Express Small Package Shipping: Fast and Efficient

Shipping small packages and parcelsExpress small package shipping is ideal for sending items such as samples, prototypes, devices, documents, and other goods that fit within standard packaging. Mercury collaborates with a vast network of parcel couriers to provide competitive pricing and swift delivery for your shipments.

Typically, packages weighing under 150 pounds qualify for express shipping. However, most shipments are significantly lighter, with extra fees applicable to heavier items. Size restrictions also apply, with most carriers limiting dimensions to around 108" by 165".

Key Benefits of Express Small Package Shipping

  • Speedy delivery
  • Cost-effective for lighter shipments
  • Network of reliable parcel couriers

Freight Shipping: Handling Larger Shipments

Freight shippingFor larger shipments that fall under the "cargo" category (over 150lbs), freight shipping is the way to go. Freight can be transported via truck, plane, ship, or train, and is further categorized into less than truckload (LTL), partial truckload, and full truckload (FTL) volumes.

Freight shipments may necessitate additional services, such as dry ice replenishment or customs brokerage, depending on their destination and contents. Mercury is well-equipped to manage these and other complexities that may arise throughout the shipping process.

Advantages of Freight Shipping

  • Suitable for larger, bulkier shipments
  • Various transport options available (truck, plane, ship, train)
  • Expertise in handling additional requirements and services

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