Shipping Guide

First-time shipper? Need a refresher on freight shipping? Get answers here.

This shipping guide includes everything you need to know about how to ship freight like a pro with YRC Freight, North America's LTL shipping experts.


This shipping guide will help first-time shippers or those wanting a refresher on how to ship freight.

Click through the shipping guides for a quick look at the LTL freight-shipping process with a special focus on the questions first-time shippers ask most often about how to ship freight.

The right column on every page lists links to information on various aspects of shipping. For specific questions, follow the links for the answers you need. For a general overview, begin with the steps for shipping described below.

Freight shipping steps

Prepare your packaging
Proper packaging prevents damage. All freight should be protected with proper packaging in compliance with the NMFC. See Preparing Your Package for information about placing shipments on pallets.

Label every piece of your shipment
Complete names and addresses must be visible on each piece to ensure your entire shipment arrives intact. See Proper Labeling for label placement.

Complete a bill of lading
The bill of lading is a legal contract between the shipper (you) and the carrier (YRC Freight). 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 YRC Freight bill of lading is available at no charge from your YRC Freight Customer Terminal. Another option is to fill out the YRC Freight bill of lading online and print a copy.

Arrange a Pickup
Call your YRC Freight Customer Terminal to request shipment pickup. Or request your pickup online at our Pickup Request page. When your YRC Freight driver arrives to pick up the shipment, give him or her the bill of lading.

Follow your freight
After pickup, use our online tracking tool to follow your freight as it moves through our system to final delivery. Your entire shipment moves through our system with only one tracking (PRO) number to follow. If shipped on a pallet, your shipment remains on the pallet. Individual boxes are not separated from the rest of your shipment.

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