Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)

Logistics Term

What’s the Meaning of Exact Time of Arrival / Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA)?

The exact time of arrival is the duration of time taken for your load to arrive at its final destination. The estimated time of arrival is calculated from the time the shipment is dispatched. For example, if you’re shipping a car, it can be predicted by looking at the number of miles traveled. Given that the drivers are allowed to travel 500 miles per day legally, the exact time of arrival is calculated by dividing the number of miles to be traveled by 500. Of course, the estimated time of arrival is affected by factors such as weather, traffic, and mode of transport.

Estimated Time of Arrival - In The Field

Heavy traffic and weather will cause delays. Drivers have to stop for an unknown amount of time when heavy rain or strong winds pose a danger to the shipment. Open-air transport means that drivers have to stop regularly to drop off and pick up other loads affecting the estimated time of arrival. Time to deliver a cargo can only be estimated because a lot can happen between the pickup and drop-off locations. Therefore, it’s good to give your car delivery time because it can happen before or after the estimated time.

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