LTL assessorials is an additional service that is provided to a customer beyond the base linehaul and fuel charges. If required assessorials were not included on the original BOL, you will be billed for the additional costs incurred. Examples of assessorials include services that require any or all of the following:
Hazardous Materials (HazMat): A type of commodity, which is a substance or material that has been defined by the secretary of transportation to be capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety and property when transported.
Call to Notify: Needed if you require the LTL freight company to contact you to set up a delivery appointment. Call to Notify is required on all residential deliveries. Please note that including a Call to Notify will delay your delivery by one day.
Detention: This additional charge applies to carrier’s vehicles with power units that are delayed or detained on the premises of the consignee. Free time to unload the shipment ranges from 30 minutes to 180 minutes, based upon the weight of the shipment.
Liftgate: A hydraulic or electric platform that installs onto the rear of a vehicle and which may be raised or lowered in the loading/unloading of heavy cargo. This will be necessary if you do not have a dock for the truck to back up to and unload or if you do not have a forklift to unload the merchandise.
Liftgate service does not automatically designate the carrier to unload the freight. Carriers will transfer freight to the top of the liftgate or off of the trailer, at which that time delivery is complete. If equipment is used, consignee must unload freight. Carrier will not be liable for damage occurring during unloading after delivery is complete, even if Carrier’s driver unloads or assists with unloading.
Residential Delivery: A residential delivery is defined as delivery to a location that is a home, including a business operating out of a home. If there is a residential area in the vicinity of your delivering address, LTL will consider the delivery residential. If your shipment is going to a residential address, this will add at least one day to the estimated delivery time to allow for scheduling. Trucking companies typically provide a time estimate of 4 – 5 hours in which they will attempt to make the delivery. Residential deliveries must be signed for. Any deliveries which cannot be made due to no one being available for receipt will be charged a “Redelivery Fee”. This fee varies across trucking companies.
Hand Unload: When a driver is requested or required to hand unload merchandise off the truck.
Limited Access: A limited access fee is an additional charge added to your freight bill based on the carrier’s discretion of extra service time needed to complete the delivery. Delivery location and setup are typically the deciding factor. Deliveries made to churches, schools, government buildings and storage facilities may incur this fee.