Service Types

 

What is a Service Type?

A service type is the level and kind of services offered to ship a given commodity (shipment category). Service types are dependent upon the commodity type. Carriers offer or a Shipper requires these transportation service types as part of the listing or bidding process.

There are about 70 service types depending on the commodity being shipped. Sampling from uShip.com web platform http://www.uship.com/popups/service_type.aspx?cid=12 (no login required to view).

A user retrieves a list of service types available for a localized commodity code. Contact api-support@uship.com to discuss the commodity codes that make sense for your listing or bids.

 

API Reference


Localized examples are in the following language order (left to right):

  1. US (English)
  2. FR (French)
  3. DE (German)

 

Example

GET https://api.uship.com/v2/lookups/serviceTypes?commodityCode=Vehicles

{
  "totalCount": 4,
  "items": [
    {
      "value": "TowAway",
      "label": "Tow Away",
      "shortLabel": "Tow Away",
      "details": "The service provider will tow your vehicle to the destination. This service is popular for inoperable vehicles or travel trailers.",
      "costTier": 2,
      "recommended": true
    },
    {
      "value": "Driveaway",
      "label": "Drive Away",
      "shortLabel": "Drive Away",
      "details": "The service provider will drive your vehicle to the destination. No additional equipment is required. This can be an affordable option for operable vehicles.",
      "costTier": 3
    },
    {
      "value": "OpenTransport",
      "label": "Open Transport",
      "shortLabel": "Open Transport",
      "details": "The service provider will secure and transport the vehicle on an open trailer, generally along with other vehicles.",
      "costTier": 3,
      "recommended": true
    },
    {
      "value": "EnclosedTransport",
      "label": "Enclosed Transport",
      "shortLabel": "Enclosed Transport",
      "details": "Highest level of care. The service provider will transport the vehicle in an enclosed trailer protected from weather conditions and road debris.",
      "costTier": 4,
      "recommended": true
    }
  ]
}

 

Field Type Description Sample Valid Values
totalCount
Integer The sum of service types available for the specified commodity code. 5, 10, 30
items
Container Wrapper for the list of available service types. -
value
String The name of the service type as stored in the database. "CourierService" | "WhiteGlove"
label
String The localized name of the service type as displayed on the website or application.

"Transporteurs" | "Service pour marchandise spéciale" 

"Kurierdienste" | "Premium Lieferservice"

shortLabel
String The localized name of the service type as displayed on a tablet or mobile device.

"Transporteurs" | Service pour marchandise spéciale"

"Kurierdienste" | "Premium Lieferservice"

details
String A detailed description of the service type in the context of the commodity provided.

"Le service de transport est spécialisé pour le transport et la livraison de courrier, paquets et autres marchandises. Il se distingue du service classique de livraison du courrier par sa rapidité, sa sécurité, son suivi, sa personnalité, la spécialisation de ses services et sa ponctualité. La gamme de transport s’étend du propriétaire exploitant de fourgons de livraison régionale aux grandes sociétés de livraison internationale de colis." | 

"Le Service Gant Blanc offre le niveau de soins le plus élevé et est particulièrement indiqué pour le transport d’articles de valeur, fragiles ou encore compliqués à expédier. Le Prestataire de Service démontera, préparera, conditionnera et emballera avec précaution les articles, les chargera dans la camion, puis les déchargera, déballera et remontera pour finalement les installer dans leur lieu de destination." |

"Kurierdienste bieten speziellen Service für den Transport von Post, Paketen und anderen Gütern. Ein Kurierdienst unterscheidet sich vom normalen Postversand durch Geschwindigkeit, Sicherheit, Verfolgbarkeit, Signaturen und verbindliche Liefertermine. Kurierdienste können von 1-Mann-Betrieben bis hin zu internationalen Paketdiensten übernommen werden." |

"Premium-Lieferservice ist die aufwendigste und schonendste Transportmöglichkeit und besonders für zerbrechliche und wertvolle Artikel geeignet. Der Spediteur zerlegt, prepariert, verpackt und verlädt die Artikel in den Laster. Am Zielort angekommen werden die Artikel entladen, entpackt, wieder zusammengebaut und platziert."

Sample of Available Service Types

Description

 

Details

 

White Glove Service White Glove Service is the highest level of care and is especially useful when transporting valuable, delicate and hard-to-ship items. The Service Provider carefully disassembles, prepares, packages and wraps the items, loads them on the truck, then transports, unloads, unwraps, un-box, assembles and sets up the items inside the new location.
Blanket Wrap Service Blanket Wrap Service offers special care for large and fragile items. The customer will need to pack any small items into boxes and disassemble large or hard-to-move items. The Service Provider wraps furniture, electronics and other items that won't go into boxes with protective blankets, loads the items and secures them in the truck for transport. At the delivery point, the Service Provider unloads, unwraps and carries all items into the new location.
Mover, Self Service  The Shipping Customer packs, wraps, and loads.
Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Freight and Packaging Service LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) Freight and Packaging service can be a great way to save when transporting household goods. The Service Provider will box, palletize or crate the items in accordance with freight standards so they are eligible for freight transport. The Service Provider will load the items into the truck, deliver them to the new location and unload them to the curb or dock. Optional "accessorial" services, such as inside pickup, and residential service are available for an additional fee.
Freight, Inside Pickup  The Shipping Customer packs and palletizes. The Service Provider driver loads the freight during an inside pick up.
Freight, Curbside Pickup The Shipping Customer packs and palletizes. The Service Provider driver loads the freight during a curbside pick up.
Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Freight - Transport Only Service
LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) Standard Service is the most basic level of freight service available. The customer is responsible for packaging items in accordance with freight standards using boxes, pallets or crates. The base level is loading dock service, which requires the customer to load and unload the items into and out of the truck, and the freight company is only responsible for transporting the shipment to the destination. Optional "accessorial" services, such as lift-gate loading/unloading, inside pickup and residential service are available for an additional fee.
Mover, Loading Service  The Shipping Customer packs and wraps. The Service Provider Mover loads the shipment.
Other Other option not covered in the list of values.
Open Transport Service Premium level care for vehicle or motorcycle transport. The Service Provider will carefully load the car or motorcycle onto an open trailer and secure it for transport. Some Service Providers even have customized trailers with padding and rigging designed exclusively for vehicle or motorcycle transport. The Service Provider will tow the trailer to the delivery location and unload the vehicle or motorcycle.
Enclosed Transport Service Premium level care for vehicle or motorcycle transport. The Service Provider will carefully load the car or motorcycle into an enclosed trailer that is protected from the elements and road debris. Some Service Providers even have customized trailers with padding and rigging designed exclusively for vehicle or motorcycle transport. The Service Provider will tow the trailer to the delivery location and unload the vehicle or motorcycle. The service is commonly used for rare or high-value vehicles or motorcycles or for transport through extreme climates.
Driveaway Service The most basic level of vehicle transport service. The Service Provider drives the vehicle to the destination. No other equipment is used for the transport job.
Flatbed Transport Service this type of service is commonly used for boats that are too large for standard boat trailers and for smaller boats on trailers where the boat owner does not want to put any mileage on their trailer. The Shipping customer generally arranges the lifting and loading of the boat separately through a boatyard or marina. The Service Provider assists with the rigging and tows the trailer to the delivery location.
In-water Delivery Service In-Water Delivery is a basic level of service where the Service Provider captains the boat to be transported on the water to the destination. This service is useful for moving large boats, transporting a boat internationally and for shipments with a practical water route where the customer does not mind the extra wear on the boat. The price varies depending on the size of the boat, the crew required and the number of days for the trip.
Ocean Freight Container Serivce Container service is used to transport boats overseas in standard shipping containers. The Service Provider arranges for the boat to be loaded into a container, secured and crane-loaded onto the ship. Since the boat must fit within a container, it must have a beam of less than 8’.
Loading Service (Mover loads.) The Service Provider Mover loads the shipment.
Self Service  The Shipping Customer loads the shipment.
The Service Provider or designee crates, loads and transports the motorcycle and delivers it to the curb or dock. Residential service may be available for an additional fee. White Glove Service is the highest level of care and is especially useful when transporting valuable, delicate and hard-to-ship items. The Service Provider will carefully disassemble, prepare, package and wrap the items, load them on the truck, then transport, unload, unwrap, un-box, assemble and set up the items inside the new location.
Tow-Away Service A basic level service to transport towable vehicles or boats. The Service Provider uses their truck to tow the Shipper's vehicle or boat to the destination. The service is only for roadworthy vehicles, legal trailers, and boats. Examples: Fifth wheel, folding tent trailer, travel trailer.
Courier Service Courier Service is a specialized transportation and service for delivering mail, packages and other goods. Courier service is distinguished from ordinary mail service by features such as speed, security, tracking, signature, specialization of services, and committed delivery times. Couriers range from owner operators of regional delivery vans to large international package delivery companies.