Less Than Truckload (LTL) Trucking Explained

LTL Trucking, or Less than Truckload trucking, is defined as the transport of freight that doesn't fill a trailer or container. It is often designated for cargo that weighs less than 15,000 pounds. FedEx and UPS are two companies that specialize in LTL transport, but commercial trucking companies can also ship less than full loads.

Freight carriers use LTL trucking to minimize their cost for shipping small loads, while truck drivers can combine two or more shipments into one load and make money from more than one client at a time, providing a win-win situation for all parties involved. Heavy Haulers can provide clients with LTL trucking for loads that exceed traditional trailer dimensions, providing quality shipping services at a reduced rate. Call now for a free shipping estimate! (800) 908-6206

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The Subtle Difference Between LTL and Partial Truckloads

When choosing how to transport cargo, even a few pounds can make a difference. If your cargo weighs more than 15,000 but wouldn't take up an entire trailer, you can send it as a partial load, which can often be more cost-effective than a LTL designation. This is because partial loads can often be transported more quickly than less-than-truckload cargo because it stays on one truck instead of being transferred from one freight terminal to another. Partial loads are best utilized if your product is dimensionally large but less dense than other freight, or if you are shipping fragile cargo that you don't want handled too much.

Heavy Equipment and the Less-than-truckload Load

When shipping bulky and irregular-shaped equipment, it is not uncommon to take up less space than anticipated because of the configuration of the equipment or the ability to break complicated machinery down for transport. In these instances, you can often save money by shipping it as LTL freight instead of using a complete truckload. Heavy Haulers is experienced in LTL shipping protocol and can maximize your profit margin by using large equipment transport strategies to take advantage of opportunities to use less-than-truckload options when feasible. For more information on how we can help you ship your bulky or complex cargo locally or across the country, give us a call at 1-800-908-6206.

Common LTL Transport Freight

  • • Lightweight Equipment That Can Be Broken Down or Disassembled
  • • Pallets or Pooled Pallets
  • • Electronics
  • • Lightweight Cargo

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