Expedited shipping is a method of shipping freight that ensures goods arrive faster than regular transit times.
To fast-track the process, trucks carrying expedited goods rarely stop along the way. Expedited shipments move directly from pickup to delivery. Typically, trucking companies offering this rapid service will move shipments in a single truck with two drivers who work in shifts to decrease the transit time.
How fast is expedited shipping?
Think of it this way — if it would usually take five days to receive your shipment, anything less than that would be expedited. However, while it varies on the company, the average expedited shipping time is between 2-3 days, saving a day or two when compared to standard shipping.
To help streamline delivery and ensure a fast experience, we recommend shippers consider the following:
- Rates. Expedited shipping rates can run higher than standard rates. An online freight service provider can help ensure you are getting the best and most competitive rates for your shipment.
- Online Tracking. Make sure the carrier you use allows you to track your shipment. This way, you can see where your shipment is and get ahead of any problems that may arise.
- Shipping Options. Understanding your shipping options is important. Will the shipment sit on one truck or two? Do you need a full truck or only partial?
Proper preparation can go a long way and a 3PL company can help plan and execute the delivery.