Risks of Interlining
Are you moving to a new state or city? If you are, you have to consider several things when moving your goods and possessions in order to reduce freight costs and maintain efficiency. One of those things is considering whether to use a direct lane or freight interlining.
What is Freight Interlining?
Don’t worry if you haven’t heard this term before., unless you are planning an interstate move. When your goods move interline, it means one moving company will make the pickup; however, a different carrier or mover will make the final delivery. Sounds risky! We agree. It is worth noting that the carrier may change depending on many factors, such as the lane. However, keep in mind that not every carrier or mover will always be interline.
Many regional carriers in the US are more likely to use one or multiple interline carriers. On the other hand, national carriers are more scrupulous and hence, less likely to use freight interlining for many reasons. Most regional freight carriers in New Jersey have specific coverage areas. This is why they will usually enlist help from one or more partner carriers to help complete delivery or pickup.
For instance, where the point of origin is New Jersey, and the final destination is San Jose, CA, Motor Carrier “X” may transport your goods from New Jersey and then interline with Motor Carrier “Y” in another state. Motor Carrier “Y” will then complete the transportation of your shipment to San Jose, CA.
While many moving companies will argue that this is an excellent option to slash costs, you should keep in mind that this process involves another move or two. Be wary of moving companies who force you to consider this option as it has many risks. Harrington Moving & Storage will not Interline your Shipment. Why not? Because we have the proper Tractors and Trailers to handle your move. WE advertise that we move to states like Arizona, Illinois, Michigan and Florida, because we actually do! This means we have the proper insurance coverage to handle this type of service.
Risks of Interlining your Cargo
There are many reasons why you should decide against interlining your prized possessions when moving. First, your carrier or mover will now have to store your goods until the delivering terminal can arrange to make the pickup in order to continue your freight along its route. As this often adds at least one more day to the transit time, it will expose your goods to delays and possible damages.
If you are moving fragile or time-sensitive goods, you will be better off opting out of an interline shipment. This is because interline shipments will not have a guaranteed shipment or delivery time option available.
Keep in mind that the more times your goods exchange hands, the higher is the risk becomes of billing issues, damage or lost incidents, and delayed deliveries. You must have heard “too many cooks in the kitchen?” It is better to rely on a single carrier. Not only is the risk of damage greater, but missing goods are harder to track down as they may have been misplaced by any of the movers involved.
And that is not all; tracking your goods and valuable possession is a crucial feature that can be complicated if you use freight interlining. In contrast, when you ship directly or use a direct lane, all the Electronic Dispatch Information (EDI) is available to you on a single consolidated site.
You can quickly and easily find all your tracking information on your carrier’s site. On the other hand, when you ship your goods through multiple movers, all the tracking information might not be available on a timely basis, depending on the carrier partnership.