Less than truckload (LTL) shipping is an affordable way to transport a relatively small collection of goods. Most LTL shipments consist of 10 or fewer pallets or small crates. The average LTL shipment would only occupy a small portion of the space inside a semi-trailer. While LTL transit times are typically a bit longer than transit times for a dedicated truckload, LTL shipping is usually more cost-effective compared to shipping via dedicated truckload.
Excellent Rates and Customized Service
In addition to the excellent rates that we can offer with LTL shipping, our exclusive partnerships with trusted carriers enables us to pass even more savings along to our customers. We work with an extensive group of LTL carriers with whom we have built lasting relationships. With our knowledge of exactly how each carrier operates, we are able to choose the best carrier for our clients based upon the customer’s shipping requirements.
Lift-gate and Other Special Services Are Available
In addition to serving as a cost effective freight option, LTL shipping includes a variety of special services that are not always provided by full truckload carriers. These optional services are available at additional cost and include inside delivery, lift-gate services, delivery notification and others. Lift-gate services are particularly valuable because many facilities do not have a loading dock, making some deliveries nearly impossible without the assistance of a lift-gate.
Reduce Delays and Extra Charges with our LTL Services
Our knowledge of the LTL industry enables us to help clients avoid excess charges and delays that result from inaccurate weighing and missed pickups. We routinely analyze lane patterns and tracking reports from our carriers to familiarize ourselves with shipping patterns. This data helps us to choose the best carrier for each customer based upon the client’s destination. We also work with our clients to ensure that weight estimates are as accurate as possible, thereby helping to reduce extra fees.
LTL Versus Other Modes of Shipping
There are some cases in which LTL may not be the most ideal shipping option for a client. The primary drawback to LTL shipping is the relatively lengthy transit time. If a customer is facing strict time constraints, it is better to use a dedicated truck or another alternative. LTL shipping is also not necessarily the most ideal mode of shipping for smaller parcels that can be delivered faster and more economically by a carrier that specializes in the delivery of small packages.
With 40 years of experience in the transportation industry, we have the experience and resources to help your company receive customized LTL shipping at an affordable price. Contact us today for a complimentary quote!