All You Need to Know About LTL Freight Shipping
LTL (less than truckload) freight shipping refers to a transportation method that is used for cargo that weighs between 150 and 15,000 pounds. This kind of cargo is considered small freight that doesn’t need an entire trailer to transport. It’s a method that helps shippers to save on costs because they only pay for the portion of the trailer that their cargo occupies. Other shippers can use the same trailer to fill in the unoccupied space and they all pay a customs fee based on the size/weight of their freight.
• One main advantage of LTL freight shipping is that it helps to reduce the costs of transportation. Since you only pay for a section of what you’ve used, you don’t have to cater for the entire cost of the trailer.
• LTL shipping is also very secure. The shipments are packaged into palettes then loaded onto a truck. This avoids losses that normally occur when there are multiple smaller handling units inside the trailer.
• With LTL shipping, you can get additional services such as pickup and delivery as part of the shipping cost. You can simply choose a package and enjoy services like lift gates.
• Additionally, LTL carriers give you additional tracking capabilities. You get a bill of lading number, PO number and other reference data such as the pickup date range in order to plan well for your shipment.