Limited access charges were created to compensate LTL carriers for additional time spent at your shipment’s pick up or delivery locations and constraints that can result from these specific locations. Limited access is defined as meeting any of the following conditions:
Not open to the walk-in public during normal business hoursNot having personnel readily available to assist with the delivery or pickup functionNot having access to loading dock or platformSites where carriers are delayed with security related inspections and processes prior to freight tender
Did you know: Some of these high security locations will ask for a driver’s license and drivers have the right to refuse to do so? This causes the carrier to find a driver who is willing to do so, which in turn causes a domino effect or constraint on the daily operations of that particular terminal.
In order to avoid unexpected charges, it is best practice to ask the consignee if they have a dock or way to unload the freight and ask them if they need a liftgate for delivery. Liftgates are commonly associated with limited access and if the consignee advises they don’t need a liftgate, let them know that if the driver offers a liftgateRead the rest of this article by one of our favorite contributors who provide some of the best supply chain content in the industry.