Shipping costs are determined by a number of factors: Weight, Distance, Pallet Dimensions, and Destination to name a few.
Shipping Companies typically categorize shipping methods in the following manner:
Business to Business Delivery: This is typically the most cost effective method of shipping. Both the Pick-up and Drop off location must have access to a loading dock or forklift. The driver is only responsible to have the pallet accessible at the rear of the truck for you to unload it.
Business to Local Distribution Center: This is the middle of the road option as far as costs. The trucking company will deliver your pallet to a Distribution Center closest to your location. You would be responsible for picking up your pallet at their location. They may or may not load the pallet into the back of your vehicle (check in advance). They will not physically unpack or load the machine into your vehicle.
Business to Residential (Curb-Side Delivery): This is typically the most expensive shipping method. The shipping company must deliver your pallet on a truck equipped with a lift-gate. A lift-gate will allow the pallet to be lowered to the ground from the rear of the truck. The driver’s only responsibility is to unload the pallet from the truck. Drivers will not typically move the pallet from the street or your driveway into your home or garage although this service may be offered for additional costs.