How Honest Are Trucking Companies When They Say “no-touch” Freight Jobs?

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With the major trucking companies, no-touch freight truly is that. These positions are most often refrigerated and dry van loads. With refrigerated it's a high percentage of live load/unload, at least for inexperienced drivers. Dry van is often high percentage drop and hook , but that can vary from company-to-company, based on customers for which a carrier hauls freight and the type of freight hauled. Just as an example, I don't think Hazmat loads are drop and hook loads, but I am sure there very well could be examples where they are on occasion.

Some companies have loads that have an option for driver unloading, and it's standard for this to pay extra on top of the mileage. How the carrier compensates for the unloading varies from company to company. Some pay an hourly rate, while others pay by the case or pallet.

Basically, I would say that it is rare for a company to advertise no-touch freight and it actually be something else. Oh, one thing to note is when a percentage is added, like 99% or 50%. With 99% no touch freight, very rarely will a load be a driver unload. If one is, you more than likely will have the option to refuse. With a company advertising 50% no touch freight, expect to be unloading a couple of times per week.

Greetings Ryan B. ,

Thank you very much for reply back to my friend’s questions. I will send him your response in an email. What you have shared will be a big help.

On the behalf of my friend, thank you for your help, it is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Nick S.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Nick S.'s Comment
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Understand that you might "touch" cartons that were damaged and need to throw them out or take to food bank.

Twice I took a pallet off at Amazon. In 7 years.

Thank you, Truckin Along With Kearsey.

I appreciate your help.

Kind Regards,

Nick S.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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