Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is often a cost-effective way for businesses to ship product without having to pay for a full truckload – and avoid paying for empty trailer space. It’s used when a shipper needs to move less freight than would fill a full truckload but more than would be accepted by a parcel carrier. Typically, this means the freight weighs more than 250 pounds, yet fills fewer than 16 pallets.
When shipping LTL, a single truck will carry multiple businesses’ products.
LTL shipments can move from region to region or through multiple service networks to reach the destination.
After an LTL shipment is first picked up, it’s transported to a break-bulk terminal, where the truck’s full load is split up and organized depending on its final destination.
Another truck will then pick up all the product going to the same area and deliver it to the final destinations.
Shipping your product with an LTL carrier doesn’t mean that you’re giving up control of your shipments. Because a large number of LTL carriers exist, you can find the right carrier to meet your needs.
Published November 2018