What is a liftgate and do you need one for your shipping?
Usually any freight shipment that is less than 150 lbs can be loaded onto a freight trailer without a liftgate. At that height and weight it is easy to load or unload from a trailer by one or two people. If that is not an option, a liftgate is the solution.
A liftgate is a mechanical platform that can be operated to raise from ground level during loading a trailer and lowered when unloading a trailer. This option is typically used if there is not a dock or a forklift available and most commonly used at residential locations. Typically the maximum weight a liftgate can safely lift/lower is 3500 lbs. There is an added fee from the carrier for using a liftgate called and “accessorial charge”.
ShipTMS offers that as an option when quoting an LTL shipment online.
Shipping locations that may require a lift gate accessorial:
- Strip malls
- Storage Facilities
- Construction sites
- Retail locations
- Business without a forklift
- Business without a loading dock
Drivers will typically NOT help handle freight in and out of trailers but most will be willing to help if you offer a nice Ice Cold Beverage wrapped with an untraceable $20 bill.