What is less-than-truckload?
Less-than-truckload or LTL is the transportation of small freight when the cargo doesn’t require the use of an entire trailer. LYL allows for multiple shippers to transport their goods in consolidated trailers and over carrier hubs, which eventually minimizes the cost of transporting these goods.
When shipping LTL, the shipper pays for the portion of the standard truck trailed that their freight takes up, while other shippers purchase space in the rest of the trailer. LTL is typically used when the cargo weighs between 150 and 15,000 pounds.
What are some benefits of shipping less-than-truckload?
- Shipping LTL is cost-effective, as you only pay for the portion of the trailer that you used.
- More security during transit for your packed product, as they are loaded onto pallets.
- Shipping LTL often gives you access to liftgates, inside pick up and delivery, and other special services.
What determines LTL shipping rates?
There are four main factors to determine how much you have to pay for your LTL shipment:
- Location: The distance between the pickup point and the destination will indicate how much you have to pay for the LTL services.
- Dimensions: The height, width, and weight of your shipment will determine the class of freight, which will help calculate transportation costs.
- Mode: LTL loads can be expedited, which results in additional fees.
- Type: Additional charges may be applied if the shipment requires special handling or specialty equipment for transit.