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      January 26, 2016            Freight Shipping by Knight Flight Cargo Services  Discount Consolidated Freight Transported by Truck to Destinations Nationwide    Custom Freight, Dedicated Freight, Critical Freight, Load To Ride & Expedited Freight      Heavy Equipment, Raw Materials, Energy Oil & Gas Freight, Machinery & Manufacturing Freight   Call:  800-262-2746      Email:  Ship@KnightFlightCargo.com      Website:  www.KnightFlightCargo.com Pictures are worth a thousand words - and while a blog is typically word-heavy, we thought we would post some interesting examples of freight that crosses our docks in Denver Colorado.  While much of the freight we move for large corporations and smaller companies originates coast- to-coast, our headquarters office and warehouse in Denver is the place we are able to take photos of cross-dock items which arrive prior to transport.     Thank you for considering Knight Flight Cargo Services for your freight-truck transportation needs nationwide.  We look forward to opportunities ahead...               Call:  800-262-2746      Email:  Ship@KnightFlightCargo.com      Website:  www.KnightFlightCargo.com Freight shipments expose your goods to a wide variety of handling, which requires careful consideration of how your freight is packaged and prepared for shipping. We will cover the how-to basics, however, if your shipment is "outside the box" so to speak, it's always best to get advice directly from a Freight Agent at Knight Flight Cargo Services who is experienced with your specific items - especially if they are fragile, high-value, critical, custom, etc. For freight crating & packaging in Denver Colorado, we recommend Advantage Crating & Supply at www.advantagecrating.com. Every shipment is different and this list is an overview - not all-inclusive of every need and scenario.  Check with your Knight Flight Freight Agent to discuss more specific details for your shipments.
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How to Ship a Container to Alaska Shipping Containers Across the USA Shipping a Freight Container to Alaska Shipping Containers Across the USA by Knight Flight Cargo Services 303-261-1225         Shipping Freight Containers and Cargo to Alaska is an involved proposition requiring Intermodal freight forwarding - potentially by land (truck and trailer), rail, sea, and final delivery may be by truck and roll-off or tilt-off trailer in some areas of Alaska. Shipping freight exclusively by truck from the United States, through Canada, with final delivery to Alaska is possible, but is not typically as economical as shipping by land-sea- land. The "sea" portion of transport by ocean liner or barge usually originates at a Seattle or Tacoma Washington seaport.  Sea transports depart on certain schedules so it's a good idea to factor in extra time for you Alaska shipments. While we don't cover every scenario and your needs may vary depending on other unknown factors, here is some general information to consider. 1. When purchasing or leasing a container there are quality and certification considerations to research.  It's a good idea to inspect or get visual confirmation of the condition of containers. Ask how long the container you will use has been in use. For Sea and Ocean shipments, carriers require that containers be officially certified and stamped with approval by licensed inspectors. Many leasing companies have on-hand inventories of pre-certified containers. Container providers may state that containers are air and water tight or cargo-worthy for sea or ocean transport - but make sure you use officially and current-date-certified containers in most cases so that your shipment is not held at a port until a certification can be provided. Some containers in poor condition cannot be certified. Make sure your container is marked with all required identification markings and some carriers require that 4 corners of the container are marked so they can easily be identified from each side. Most 20' and 40' containers have doors on one end while some semi- custom containers may offer doors at both ends. 40' containers also come in a higher "high cube" model. There are other container types but these are the most common. Ask about container empty weights, door opening sizes, overall external sizes, and whether hardware allows for locking and securing your cargo doors.  2. Containers my be new, near new after only one trip across the ocean  (referred to as 1- trip containers), or used. The used variety vary greatly in terms of condition and should be verified carefully - especially if you are shipping critical cargo. Some older containers are rusty or heavily dented, and floors and hardware may not be in the best of conditions after being loaded, transported, unloaded and stored at many ports in harsh conditions. Pack cargo and prepare your container adequately for all conditions noted - and be sure your cargo will withstand the associated handling. 3. Standard Containers are heavy steel boxes without wheels  so handling and moving them must be planned using various equipment. Dreyage companies (companies that deliver and pick up and deliver cargo and containers locally), may offer chassis' for delivery and/or for longer term lease during loading, unloading, or storage. Ask about how much time is provided at no charge during loading and unloading at your dock, and at what point extra charges are assessed - and at what rate. Ask what the height of a container on a chassis will be to be sure your dock height matches close enough to transfer your cargo into the container - usually using a forklift driving across a dock-leveler. Some chassis can handle one 40' container, or two 20' containers - but access to container doors will be blocked if two 20' containers are transported on one chassis. If you do not have a loading dock, you can request a lower roll-off or tilt trailer to deliver containers to ground level. In most cases if a roll-off or tilt trailer is used to deliver two 20' containers by dropping them one at a time off the back of the trailer, they cannot pick up the same two containers in one trip - unless each container can be picked up by a large forklift or crane onsite and reloaded one in front of the other. A forklift or crane must be rated to safely lift the total loaded weight of the container.  In some locations, it may be necessary to transport high-cube containers on lower step- deck trailers. Carefully consider all steps of handling and transporting containers from start to finish. For some areas of Alaska and other remote locations, special arrangements are required with capable carriers. Containers can be transported on semi-trailer flatbeds over land when equipment is available on both ends to load and unload. 4. After containers bound for Alaska reach port destinations , they are handled and inspected only by port-authorized companies. Security is a high priority at ports and truck drivers will not be allowed access to facilities without an official TWIC card (Transportation Worker Identification Credential). Be sure your carrier/driver have this credential in place. At ports, containers are stacked and stored for loading at the intervals that ocean liners and barges depart the port. There are not usually delivery guarantees offered for this type of intermodal freight unless specifically documented. If cargo from a container is to be unloaded at a port, it may be necessary to hire a local agent with a chassis and loading dock location available.  Always inquire about "all- in" fees for services. 5. Containers my be transported in part by rail or truck after unloading  at an Alaska port. If transferred by rail, containers may be left on a chassis on rail cars. For final-destination delivery, a specialized carrier may be required. Some remote areas are not accessible except by use of local contract drivers with knowledge of specific access and roads. Again, consider if containers (and chassis) need to be unloaded or stored at their final destination - or how quickly containers will be unloaded without extra charges.  Equipment availability and timing can be challenging in Alaska. For Cargo Container Shipping Call Knight Flight Cargo Services at 303-261-1225 Over 30 Years in Business There Are Real People in Here... Come on Over and Ship with Knight Flight Cargo
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      December 9, 2015      10 Freight Shipping Tips by Knight Flight Cargo Services  Discount Consolidated Freight Transported by Truck to Destinations Nationwide    Custom Freight, Dedicated Freight, Critical Freight, Load To Ride & Expedited Freight      Heavy Equipment, Raw Materials, Energy Oil & Gas Freight, Machinery & Manufacturing Freight   Call:  800-262-2746      Email:  Ship@KnightFlightCargo.com      Website:  www.KnightFlightCargo.com Freight shipments expose your goods to a wide variety of handling, which requires careful consideration of how your freight is packaged and prepared for shipping. We will cover the how-to basics, however, if your shipment is "outside the box" so to speak, it's always best to get advice directly from a Freight Agent at Knight Flight Cargo Services who is experienced with your specific items - especially if they are fragile, high-value, critical, custom, etc. For freight crating & packaging in Denver Colorado, we recommend Advantage Crating & Supply at www.advantagecrating.com. 1.   It is recommended at a minimum, that freight items be packaged in boxes and placed on pallets, skids, or in crates for protection       during truck transport Consider the fragility and any critical factors related to the special handling of your freight, and document all details including the verifiable value of each item. It's best to have high-value and one-of-a-kind items or fragile and breakable items which cannot be replaced, custom packed and crated by professionals in fully enclosed crates.  In some cases, specialized freight carriers may be necessary. Considering the time and effort involved if damage occurs, it's best to over-package such freight according to carrier standards and claims provisions.  If you are preparing your own shipment for transport, be sure that all items are solidly attached to pallets and skids with strapping and/or shrink wrap.  Items should not overhang your pallet or skid size or damage could occur when other freight is placed against your items. It's a good idea to have photos taken of items just prior to packaging and after packaging to document conditions. Carriers limit their declared value coverage for certain items - especially those items which are not new merchandise shipped from manufacturers so it's important to inquire about coverage amounts and acquire additional shipment value protection as necessary. 2.   Gather as many shipment details as possible for a more accurate freight quote For a Fast & Easy Freight Quote, fill in the basic Typeform questions at www.KnightFlightCargo.com Minimally you will need the following information:   - Actual or estimated weights of each item (charges are adjusted for verified weights)   - Inch measurements of each prepared item (outside Length" x Width" x Height")   - Name or description of commodities or items to be shipped (this determines the NMFC#)   - Values of each item prepared for shipment (or per each crate/pallet/etc.)   - Zip codes and addresses for the pick up (origin) and delivery (destination) locations   - Descriptions of the origin & destination type (business, residential, construction site, convention, etc.)   - Origin and destination equipment information (loading dock, forklift, lift gate required, etc.)   - Origin and destination days/hours of operation freight can be picked up and delivered & access limitations   - Origin and destination contact names and information 3.   Ask what types of transportation equipment and what types of carriers are best for your shipment considering the contents, the pick and       delivery scenarios, and the handling and urgency required Typically, the least costly transport options offer slower and lower-level services - and the most costly options are expedited, dedicated, and specialized services. The nature of your freight and details will help determine the appropriate cost and service levels to choose.  Your freight may be best transported in an enclosed trailer (dry van), on a flatbed trailer (tarps and straps are optional), on a drop or double-drop trailer (used for heavy and tall equipment), with air ride, etc. 4.   Prepare paperwork and verify all information Include packing slips for each unit shipped including complete addresses and contact information for all parties.  It's a good idea to place extra copies of packing slips inside packaged items in case the external packing slip comes off during shipping.  In most cases your Freight Agent will assist with preparing a Bill of Lading required by carriers. 5.   Clearly mark all pieces for shipment with special handling instructions Number and mark all items with piece counts (1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3...), and then label them with special handling instructions:  THIS SIDE UP, FRAGILE, DO NOT TIP, DO NOT STACK, TOP LOAD ONLY, LIFT FROM THIS SIDE, etc. 6.   Call Knight Flight Cargo for Freight Quotes and Dispatch at 1-800-262-2746 and specify the days/times your freight is accessible for pick up When your freight is picked up, be sure to obtain a signature from the driver. All paperwork should indicate a PRO number or tracking number and each freight piece should be labeled with the same shipment PRO number.  Be sure your piece count number is noted accurately and when possible, photos of items being shipped may be helpful.  To avoid extra charges, be sure your freight is ready and personnel are prepared to load trucks timely. 7.   Ask for tracking and estimated transit time Tracking is provided by your Freight Agent and you can ask to be notified of your shipment progress using your preferred method (phone, email, etc.) 8.   Request delivery notifications and for shipment delays and exceptions as needed Asked to be contacted with proof of delivery and any re-weighs or service changes which could affect the cost of your shipment.  Carriers reserve the right to verify shipment weights and measures and deliveries may be impacted by unavoidable road conditions, weather, equipment issues, etc. 9.   Verify billing against your quoted rate Review your billing compared with your quoted rate.  Occasionally there are legitimate adjustments incurred as a result of service requests or requirements, or based on factual changes and unexpected scenarios such as re-delivery attempts and incorrect addresses.  It's best to ask for the details regarding all discrepancies. 10.  Choose a company providing easy and consistent contact with REAL PEOPLE who use updated technology to keep you informed. At Knight Flight Cargo you can rely on speaking with a real person (typically the same person each time), without working through a touch-tone phone system first.  Inevitably (regardless of the company you work with), there will be a need for personalized help from Freight Agents who utilize the latest information technology to assist you.  It's important that you have access to humans you know - with familiar names - and who pick up the phone or get back with you timely.  There is no substitute for a genuine person from America helping you pursue solutions where systems fall short. Thank you for considering Knight Flight Cargo Services for your freight-truck transportation needs nationwide.  We look forward to opportunities ahead...               Call:  800-262-2746      Email:  Ship@KnightFlightCargo.com      Website:  www.KnightFlightCargo.com Every shipment is different and this list is an overview - not all-inclusive of every need and scenario.  Check with your Knight Flight Freight Agent to discuss more specific details for your shipments.
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