XPO Logistics recently modified their "excessive length" fee with a significant increase. These increases are in an effort to purge long freight pieces out of their network completely. You should be seeing this when quoting and booking shipments now. XPO's extreme length charges are applied for articles 12 feet in length or greater.
We strongly encourage you to ensure accurate dimensions are provided during the quoting/booking process so that quotes reflect the correct freight charges. Failure to do so can lead to significant re-bills.
LTL Carriers with Excessive Length Charges
We should prepare ourselves for other LTL carriers to follow suit in a similar fashion. We're already seeing many carriers actively refusing pickups of shipments containing long pieces. Each LTL carrier has different criteria for the excessive length charges. Any time there is a piece 96" or longer, the excessive length accessorial needs to be included, or the rate may not be accurate. GTZ Ship will only apply the accessorial charge if the length meets the carriers criteria. While shippers with "excessive length" freight need to be prepared for higher prices, the bigger concern should finding capacity for the long articles. GlobalTranz is uniquely positioned to help you find this capacity.
Importance of Accurate Dimensions
Accurate dimensions are becoming increasingly important as LTL carriers continue to adjust application of their excessive length and linear feet rules.
Accurate dimensions help ensure quotes are accurate and minimizes disputes from re-classes or "excessive length" re-bill charges. It helps our partner carriers with their load planning and shipment costing. Everyone wins when BOLs have accurate information, including the dimensions.
LTL Carriers determine Length/Width/Height based upon the greatest straight-line dimension of the handling unit. That means they take into consideration all protrusions and will include all packaging such as the skid and do not stack cones.
Measure the length, width and height in inches.
For irregularly-shaped shipments, measure to the longest span of each side.
For unitized cargo, be sure to include the crate, pallet, skid or braces in the measurements.