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What is Less than Truckload Shipping (LTL)?

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LTL is a type of ground freight transportation that combines shipments from multiple customers. Businesses choose this budget-friendly option when the consumer demand for their products is average or stable.

Less than truckload shipping is definitely more affordable for small companies because you share the transportation costs with other companies.  Basically, each company takes up a portion of the truck for their goods and only pays according to the amount of product shipped and the length of travel.

The only downside is LTL shipments generally take longer because they make several stops and unpack and repack goods before the truck reaches the destination. However, this also means you’ll save on shipping costs.

Advantages of LTL:

  • Cost effective freight transportation
  • Ideal for small businesses

What is Full Truckload Shipping (FTL)?

Full truckload can mean 2 things: either you have enough products to fill a full truckload or you have a partial load but you prefer a dedicated truck.

Full truckload is often chosen when businesses have 10 pallets or more to ship, they have high risk packages, or time is an issue (FTL is faster). Full truckload costs more than LTL, but it will get your shipment delivered faster.

Advantages of FTL:

  • Best way to transport large shipments
  • Ideal for high risk or delicate freight shipments
  • Shipment remains in the same truck from point A to destination
  • Considerably faster than LTL; great for high consumer demand

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Len Brooks

Operations Manager®

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