1. Get the Freight Ready

The first step in shipping is getting the freight ready so that it can be shipped and determining how you are planning on preparing it for transportation. How you should prepare is influenced by a variety of factors. 

Generally when using a dry van, you'll want to place and secure the freight onto a skid or a number of skids. Although it isn't necessary to place the freight on skids, it reduces the likelihood of mishandling, creates easier loading, and the cost of shipping is generally lower.


Remember to also label every piece of your shipment with the names and addresses of both the shipper and the reciever. You can download a free, fillable Bill of Lading and Packing List here.

If you're shipping via an open deck, there are many aspects to consider and you should contact a Rome representative to assist you in this matter for your first time.