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Understanding LTL Trucking

Many trucking companies that you will be talking to are going to give you 2 options when you want to transport your merchandise with them. These options I am referring to are FTL and LTL. Between the two, the latter, which stands for Less Than Truck Load is the more popular option for several reasons.

If there is LTL, there is FTL which means Full Truck Load. It is critical that you have thorough understanding of FTL shipping prior to understanding LTL. If you ship goods on FTL basis, then this shows that you are employing a courier company to move the goods for you. There will be no other items belonging to other people shipped on the same truck which they will move your items on.

On the other hand, LTL shipping works on a different concept. Here, the delivery company is going to try to fit every square of the truck along with other shipments that belong to other people. 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. By putting shipments which belong to other parties in a single load, this is providing multiple benefits to customers who are patronizing the 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. When you are shipping with a Full Truck Load however, you are the only one responsible to pay for all aspects of that shipment. Due to the fact that clients share the cost with LTL, they don’t have to pay what FTL clients have to. There are cases to which FTL shipping might be an option when LTL shipping is not possible. In most cases, LTL shipping is what preferred the most 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. If ever the shipment exceeds the maximum figure, then that is the time when trucking companies might require you to take FTL option. Then again, companies will be offering you this option. The benefit of FTL shipping however is, it has shorter ship times since it caters to only one client. The drawback is of course, you have to shoulder all the costs associated with the shipping and you might even pay for empty spaces in the truck since you’re the only client using that truck for shipping purposes.

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