Choosing a Carrier

Before choosing a carrier, you should know the following information. By having this information ready, you will be able to get the most accurate rate quote and find the carrier best suited to handle your shipment (* required items).

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Package/Shipment Characteristics:

  1. Origin Zip/postal code*
  2. Destination zip/postal code*
  3. The total pieces being shipped* (Are they on a pallet?)
  4. Weight*
  5. Is there a specific delivery deadline?
  6. Dimensions (Helpful to find best rate but not required) The product being shipped. (Required for LTL shipments)
  7. Total shipment value (Important for declared value and for international shipping)

Small Package vs. Common Carrier

Choose Small Package

If you are shipping a single package which weighs 150 lbs or less, and your total shipment weight is 400 lbs or less, a small package carrier is usually the best option.

Choose Less-than-truckload (LTL) common carrier

If you are shipping a single package that weighs more than 150 lbs, or your total shipment weight is above 400 lbs, shipping with an LTL common carrier is usually the better option. They are generally more economical than using a small package service. YRC offers a complete range of standard LTL, time sensitive, tradeshow, sealed divider and other customized shipping solutions to satisfy all of your supply chain requirements.


If your total shipment weighs more than 5000 lbs, or takes up more than 20 linear feet of a trailer, a truckload/volume shipment will typically provide you with a better rate for your shipment and can also offer you the option of a dedicated (exclusive use) trailer.

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