Preparing your Goods for Shipping


Just like anything else in life, proper preparation is the key to success. We want to set you and your business up to be successful when it comes to shipping your products. In order to do that, you will need to have a few items ready before you give us a call, or send us an email.

Let’s look at the following areas as a guideline in preparing your goods for shipping:

  • Dimensions

  • Documentation

  • Packaging and Labelingsingle-service-3

Shipping Dimensions

When preparing to ship your items, measure the length, width and height. Accurately measuring the dimensions of a shipment is helpful to carriers and allows for more accurate freight quotes, which can save you money in the long run.


When you prepare your shipment, you will need a completed bill of lading (BOL). Shippers are required to provide their name, the recipient’s information, date of the shipment, number of units being shipped, type of packaging being used, a description of the goods being shipped, freight class, dimensions, value and more in this document.

Packaging and Labeling

Freight is typically handled a number of times throughout the shipping process. Properly packaged goods can be protected from bumps, drops and the adjacent freight along the way. Adding labels to the sides of the freight will reduce the chances of freight being wrongly delivered or placed.

For more information or to ask us questions about shipping, feel free to give us a call or email a Nationwide representative today!