What is LTL Shipping?

What is LTL Shipping?

LTL shipping is less than truckload shipping. It is used to transport small freight or freight that does not require the space of an entire trailer. When you ship LTL, the shipper pays for a portion of a standard truck trailer that their freight occupies instead of paying for an entire truckload. LTL shipping offers many advantages and is ideal for shipping small cargo around the country. Some drawbacks to LTL shipping include longer delivery times. If you have time-sensitive deliveries. LTL may not be the best option.

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Why choose LTL Shipping?

LTL Shipping offers many benefits to businesses shipping small freight. The most significant advantage is the reduced cost. When you book an LTL shipment, you only pay for the space you use in the trailer. You do not have to pay for space you don’t use because it will be loaded with goods from other businesses. Another benefit of LTL Shipping is the increased security. Many LTL shipments are packaged onto pallets before being loaded into a truck. A Single well packaged pallet has a better chance of remaining secure than shipments with multiple smaller handling units. When you ship LTL, you also get additional service options like liftgates and inside pickup and delivery. Finally, LTL carriers offer tracking capabilities through the bill of lading number, PRO number, PO number, shipment reference number, and pick up date range.

  • Reduced Costs
  • Increased Security
  • Additional service options
  • Tracking
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Factors that Determine LTL Shipping Rates

Location is one of the largest factors in determining shipping rates. The further the distance, the higher the price. Another large factor to shipping rates is the dimensions of the freight being shipped. The dimensions and weight of the shipment factor in determining the freight class, which is going to impact rates. The mode of transportation can increase the price as shipments can be expedited, which will typically cost an additional fee. The type of freight being shipped can also up the cost. If you’re shipping something that requires special handling or equipment such as perishables, fragile items, or hazardous items will probably lead to higher costs.

  • Location
  • Dimensions
  • Mode
  • Type

What’s the difference between LTL and FTL?

The fundamental difference between LTL and FTL is the amount of trailer space that your freight shipment requires. Less than truckload (LTL) is used when freight only takes up a portion of a trailer. FTL shipments require the entire trailer space. LTL shipping makes stops along the route. FTL shipping delivers your entire freight from point A to point B. FTL shipping is more expensive, but it could prove to be more cost effective for your business in the long run.

Why Use TKO Logistics from West Chicago?

TKO Logistics uses a top of the line fleet of the latest Cascadia models, providing our drivers with comfort and the tools they need to get the job done. We move quickly to serve our customers and employ industry leaders to ensure we deliver and adapt to your changing logistics needs. You can reach us at (630) 592-4744 or by visiting our contact us page.