Delivery Techniques To Reduce Shipping Costs
Unloading: All buyers should be aware that
under common carrier UCC tariff rules the buyer of the goods are
responsible to unload them from the truck unless supplemental
delivery services are ordered such as lift gate service. Often time
this is not feasible due to the weight of each pallet and therefore
a forklift must be present at the time of delivery. Forklifts are
available for rental on a daily basis from most reputable equipment
rental service for about $100 - $125 per day. This usually is the
desired method of handling the pallets.
Hold At Terminal option: If you are only
purchasing a small amount of tile or stone, renting a forklift
can start to become cost prohibitive. Under these circumstances
you may want to have the shipment "Held at the terminal".
In other words, the trucking company will haul the goods
to the nearest freight terminal in their system. This covers
virtually all-major and medium sized communities. Once there,
you or your installer can go to the terminal warehouse
in a suitable pickup or other small truck where it
will be loaded onto your truck by forklift. Once at your
destination it can be unloaded by hand. Usually there are 150 - 170
tiles per crate of 16 or 18-inch tile.
Business Address: All buyers should be aware
that it is FAR less expensive to ship to a business address as opposed
to a residence. Many times the difference is nearly 100 per cent even
though the location may be right next door. So whenever possible
when not using the "Hold at Terminal" delivery specify a business
address to have your materials delivered to.
Delivery By Truck:
Typically the least expensive way to ship stone products
throughout the continental United States is by common carrier truck.
To obtain shipping charges from a common freight carrier like
Continental Freightways, Sterling, Roadway Express and
others there are several things you will need to provide a potential
shipper to obtain a rate quote:
1. Weight: 12
x 12 granite tile weighs 6.5 pounds per square foot. Multiply the
total number of square feet you require by 6.5 to determine the
approximate shipping weight. Granite slab 2cm thick weighs 12.5 lbs.
and 3cm slab weighs 20 lbs. per square foot.
2. The origination zip code for the shipment is (This is the point at which your
shipment will begin):
- 92009 for San Diego
- 77079 for Houston
- 23323 for Norfolk, Virginia
- 98031 for Seattle
- 33178 for Miami
3. Destination Zip code
is the zip code at which you want the product
4. Tile is shipped on pallets 40
inches by 40 inches up to 450 square feet per pallet except for
slate which is 532 sq ft per pallet.
Household Carriers: In some instances it may be beneficial to contact household
carriers such as Wheaton Van Lines, North American and others.
Occasionally these carriers have excess space available and will
accept shipments over 500 pounds if the transit time is not
Economy of Scale: The larger the quantity being shipped the more inexpensive it
becomes per square foot. For example a single pallet of tile shipped
from Houston to San Diego would run about $350....but six pallets of
that same tile can be shipped for just $620 or just a little more
than $100 per pallet.
Marblemaster Negotiated Rates:
For large orders, we have negotiated special consolidated freight
rates for orders larger than 4,000 square feet. To our docks in
Chicago, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Memphis the shipping rate is
$.29 (twenty nine cents) per square foot. For smaller orders
Marblemaster has negotiated discount freight agreements for the
benefit of our customers.
To get a specific quote for your order
call us at 760-727-2323, or fax us at 760-727-2423, or email us at
Please specify your destination zip code and the
quantity of material you would like a shipping quote for in square
feet of material needed.