Interline shipping is a solution used when two or more carriers are are used to complete a shipment. Regional freight carriers have specific coverage areas, and they will often enlist help from a partner carrier to help complete a pickup or delivery.
When you elect to interline your freight, you are entrusting multiple carriers with your freight, but payment will still be simple-- you will only issue payment to the original carrier you selected.
At Freightview, we support interline shipments, making them visible to our users within the transit portion of the rating results page:
Why do carriers offer interline?
Interline is primarily used to fill coverage gaps for regional carriers, and large carriers offer solutions for their local customers whose need go outside of their direct network. If a carrier A partners with carrier B they can win more freight than if they simply weren’t in the running when a shipment starts or finishes outside of their direct coverage area.
Interline can also be a cost saving tool-- whether those savings be time, fuel, or drivers.
Will selecting interline affect transit times?
Sometimes. More often than not the trade off for a cheaper shipping cost when selecting interline is longer transit times. This isn’t always the case, but your best bet is to ask the carrier directly projected transit times so you don’t run into any surprises when it comes to your freight being delivered.
What if what I’m shipping is time sensitive or fragile freight?
You may want to choose to opt out of an interline shipment. Interline shipments won’t have a guaranteed shipment time option available. The more times your freight exchanges hands, the higher of the risk becomes for billing issues, lost or damaged incidents, and delayed deliveries. Ever heard of “too many cooks in the kitchen?”
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