Less than truckload freight shipping (LTL) is used for the transportation of small freight or when freight doesn’t require the use of an entire trailer. This shipping method can be used when freight weighs between 150 and 15,000 pounds. 

When shipping LTL, the shipper pays for the portion of a standard truck trailer their freight occupies, while other shippers and their shipments fill the unoccupied space. There are a number of benefits to shipping via LTL


LTL Shipping


Benefits of LTL shipping.

Reduces costs: When booking an LTL shipment, you only pay for the portion of the trailer used. The rest of the cost is covered by the other occupants of the trailer’s space. 

Additional service options: When shipping via LTL, you gain access to special services like liftgates and inside pickup and delivery. 

Increases security: Most LTL shipments are packaged onto pallets before being loaded onto a truck. One well-packaged pallet has a better chance of remaining secure than shipments with multiple smaller handling units.  

Factors that determine LTL shipping rates.

Location: Generally, the further the distance, the higher the price.

Dimensions: The dimensions and weight of the shipment help determine the freight class, which directly impacts rates.

Mode: LTL shipments can be expedited, typically for an additional fee.

Type: A shipment that requires special handling or equipment (perishables, fragile, hazardous items) will likely lead to higher costs.  

When to choose LTL shipping.

  • LTL shipping is ideal for businesses who have freight under 15,000 pounds and do not require a full trailer. 
  • Consider LTL when looking to maximize cost savings. 

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