What is LTL Trucking?
There are a couple of options that can be chosen when transporting goods which will be provided to you by your chosen trucking company. These options provided to you will be FTL and LTL. Between the two, the latter, which stands for Less Than Truck Load is the more popular option for several reasons.
FTL is the complete opposite of LTL which means Full Truck Load. It is imperative to understand what FTL first is in order to understand fully what LTL shipping is. If you ship goods on FTL basis, then this shows that you are employing a courier company to move the goods for you. They won’t have property belonging to any of the clients on same truck that they’re moving your items on.
As for LTL shipping, this is entirely different idea. What’s done here is that, the delivery company will do the best they can to ensure that every space inside the truck is filled with other client’s items. This basically combines shipments of other clients who are shipping in the same route no matter if the items are only for that part of the trip. As a matter of fact, by putting all shipments of other clients in one load, this offers countless of advantages to clients who are patronizing the said service.
The cost is one of the most notable benefits that come with LTL shipping, which is also the most loved by patrons. Because with Less Than Truck Load the cost is shared by everyone who uses the shipping service, it helps those to save significant sum of money. On the other hand, it is you who will be in charge of covering the shipping expense when opting for Full Truck Load shipping. With LTL, this is shared among other clients who use the service. There are situations to which FTL shipping could be an option when LTL shipping isn’t available. But more often than not, LTL shipping is the most preferred option by clients.
If the item’s weight ranges between 100lbs. to 10,000lbs, then expect to get a lot of suggestions to go for using LTL shipping. But if the shipment has exceeded the maximum figure, that is the time when the trucking company may need you to take the FTL option. In the upper end of LTL though, the companies will provide you such option. The benefit of FTL shipping however is, it has shorter ship times since it caters to only one client. Bear in mind however that even though it is a fast service, you’ll singlehandedly pay for everything involved in the shipping.