LTL Freight Shipping
Eastern Iowa Pak Mail is independently owned and operated. However, we are also a part of Annex Brands which includes multiple franchise brands that offer shipping. This relationship gives us access to a network of LTL trucking companies who have been vetted for safety and professionalism. Each trucking company has established coverage areas and traffic lanes. We are able to search the network for the LTL company that has the best combination of price, time-in-transit, and delivery options for your shipment.
There is plenty of jargon used to describe the operations and accessorial elements that affect an LTL shipment and its pricing …. single shipment, required lift gate, freight class, DIM weight factor, accessorial charges, long carry, NMFC system and number, limited access, agent, notification, and more. At Pak Mail we know the language and have contracts that can avoid many of these extra expenses.
It is often challenging to get value coverage, (sometimes called insurance) for items sent via LTL. However, the LTL carriers in our network have had their safety/damage records reviewed, and they have been certified so that shipments we have packed and are shipping with them may be eligible for coverage through Pak Mail’s Alternate Declared Value program.
Chris and Lee are wonderful. Their customer service is truly above and beyond. I live in the Midwest- several states from Iowa. I purchased chairs over the phone at a store in Iowa. Lee went to the store, picked up the chairs from the store, packaged them and they arrived perfectly to my home. The chairs were professionally packed and in perfect condition. I HIGHLY recommend this mailing location. Wonderful people who truly want to do the right thing and help their customers.
Thanks so much for the wonderful care you took with the Mom’s household goods and table you sent out here.
Lee, We received a call Friday from the carrier, but (they) could not deliver until Monday. We decided to pick up the packages at their dock. All the items came in the best condition. Nothing was broke or damaged. You folk did an excellent job wrapping and packing. The guy at the (freight company) who helped us load our pickup couldn’t believe the job you folks did boxing, shrink wrapping and palletizing the freight. I want to thank you for an excellent job, and your professional attention to detail. A very rare commodity these days!!!
I needed to send a highboy dresser to California and used Pak Mail to get it there. They did an exceptional job and I would highly recommend there services. A+++++
Lee and the ENTIRE staff at the Cedar Rapids Pak Mail were incredible to work with from start to finish. I recently had an oversized/bulky/not-your-everyday type of item (gym equipment) shipped via freight. Unfortunately, my item was in Iowa and I was in Georgia so the best I could do was legwork via the telephone. I was very fortunate, being referred to Lee/the Cedar Rapids Pak Mail by the seller in Des Moines. In addition to great communication and competitive rates, Lee handled all aspects of the shipping process with absolute precision. Absolutely recommended.
Wanted to let you know that the large box with the two rockers, footstool and watercolor painting arrive safely some time ago. Because we were remodeling, the box sat to one side of the entry until time allowed it unpacking. I didn’t want things to mildew so I finally checked the contents. What a substantial packing job! It took scissors and a lot of tugging at bubble wrap around the rocker frame. Though Pak Mail is expensive, you do a great job. The freight company was also courteous. They called ahead to coordinate time when someone could be here. Excellent service!
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