Our Freight Tips
|The Cottage Potters φ is dedicated to consistently Improving our service to our customers., Freight Tips both explains in detail our processes briefly outlined in our terms and conditions, explains in more detail our commitment to saving our customers added expenses and offers operational standards for our pickers and packers.
Freight cost can be reduced by fully understanding the relationship of cube and weight. Freight carriers must use all available space (cube) on each load. This is important not just in Truck Loads (TL), but Less Than Truck Load (LTL). Understandably, extra charges can apply to non-stackable and non-standard pallets. As part of our commitment to freight savings we use only standard pallets.
We prefer the standard wood pallet typically measures 40″ by 48″ and features four-way entry capabilities. The pallet is designed with adequate top board spacing so forklift blades will not impact the freight being shipped. It can be designed to carry heavy or light loads. Since we are shipping your goods internationally to the fulfillment center in Laredo, TX 78040, our countries require the wood used in pallets or crating to be treated with chemicals to avoid possible pest infestation. For the latest regulations and information on shipping with wood packaging materials, go to www.usda.gov and enter the search words “wood packaging materials.” The Cottage Potters φ was one of the first small businesses in our industry to train, test, and obtain special licenses to purchase chemicals and fumigate wood packaging material from the Mexican Federal Health Department and have held our licenses for more than fifteen years.
Using standard 40” by 48” four-way wood pallets takes care of the cube as for as available width.
The height of carrier trailers door openings varies between 102″ x 108″. Therefore, we must either build pallet loads to be either double stacked or build the load to a height between 50″ and 90” to maximize the cube height.
Our next challenge is weight. We must have the accurate weight for the entire shipment. To accomplish this, we use our certified and calibrated scales to accurately weight and certify each product’s weight. We must avoid the additional charges that could be added to the customer’s freight bill for inaccurate weight.
|The Cottage Potters supplements freight regardless of actual freight quotes/charges., however orders below $800 are as shown + 10% while orders $ 2500 and greater have “ Zero” Freight Charges.
These rates do not include accessorial charges.
Freight Discounts FOB Laredo, TX
$800 – as shown in chart + 10%
$800 – $999 as shown in chart
$1000 – 12%
$1500 – 10%
$2000 – 8%
$2500 = FREE FREIGHT
Multiply order total x % for Shipping Charge
No other discounts apply.