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Basic Guide to Shipping Freight


Preparing Your Package (Proper Stacking)

Proper packaging prevents damage. All freight should be protected with proper packaging in compliance with the NMFC.


Label every piece of your shipment (Label Placement)

Complete names and addresses must be visible on each piece to ensure your entire shipment arrives intact. The shipper and consignee information must match the Bill of Lading information exactly, and your labels must be legible and complete.


Label Placement - Complete a Bill of Lading.

The Bill of Lading is a legal contract between the shipper (you) and the carrier (Innovative Carriers). The Bill of Lading states exactly what is being shipped, from where it’s coming and where it’s going.

The Bill of Lading is a receipt for goods, a contract of carriage and a document of title. It is important to correctly fill out a Bill of Lading.

You can buy Bills of Lading from office supply stores. The Innovative Carriers Bill of Lading is available at no charge from your Innovative Carriers Customer Terminal. Another option is to fill out the Innovative Carriers Bill of Lading online and print a copy.

Need to ensure your PRO number is correct? Perform a check-digit calculation


Arrange a pickup

Call Innovative Carriers to request shipment pickup. Or request your pickup online at our Pickup Request page. When your Innovative Carriers driver arrives to pick up the shipment, give him or her the Bill of Lading.

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