LTL Freight and Partial Truckload Shipping

Sometimes LTL trucking or partial truckload shipping makes far more sense than other shipping methods. As logistic specialists, we offer services that can help you effectively move your freight no matter what the weight, size or volume may be. Many carriers offer LTL and PTL shipping, but it’s important to understand what these methods mean for you.

Do You Need LTL Freight Services or Partial Truckload Shipping

LTL (less-than-truckload) and PTL (partial truckload) represent an alternative to FTL (full truckload) shipping. LTL trucking offers a cost-effective shipping solution that involves moving your freight on the same trailer with the freight of others.

PTL shipping allows you to ship slightly larger (i.e. more pallets) and possibly heavier goods that go beyond the less-than-truckload requirements but still aren’t a full truckload. In addition, partial truckload shipping generally won’t stop and be transferred at a carrier’s terminal and cross docked to another truck, so there’s less handling. This also means you can better estimate a delivery date.

Consider Less Than Truckload Shipments if:

  • Your goods weigh 10,000 pounds or less
  • You need to move six or less standard pallets
  • You run a small to medium sized operation
  • You have some flexibility in the delivery date (generally overnight to 10 days depending on the length of haul).

Consider partial truckload shipping if:

  • You need to ship something lightweight but may take up to 4-24′ feet of trailer space
  • Your shipping 1,000 to 27,000 pounds of cargo
  • Your shipping 5 to 14 pallets
  • You need a shorter transit time
  • The commodity your shipping requires less handling (more fragile)

Which shipping service is the right one for you? If you’re unsure, contact us , and we’ll help guide you towards a cost-effective and efficient shipping solution to satisfy your shipping needs.