Full truckload shipping (FTL) refers to shipments that take up the entire space inside a truck by themselves. Usually, ten or more pallets are enough to fill an entire vehicle. The shipments are delivered on the same trail that picks them up.
FTL is also used for smaller shipments that have a higher risk of damage. FTL transport requires less handling on route, so there are fewer chances of mishandling and damages of the consignments.
This is also the reason why some shippers are willing to pay the price for FTL even though they don’t have enough volume to fill a trail.
Full truckload shipping is the most appropriate way of transport if:
The price for shipping a full truckload depends on:
Generally, FTL costs are higher than LTL costs. However, the FTL freight rates are more economical if the trailer is filled up entirely or the weight capacity of the truck is reached.
Eurosender has built an extensive network which enables us to provide a free quote in a very short time. We are able to organize a full truckload shipping in Europe for regular shippers, as well as occasional shippers.
For each request received, we delve into the offerings of the most renowned international carriers and we choose the most convenient option for our clients.
What makes full truckload shipping a secure way of transportation is the packaging. When using FTL freight shipping, the shipment has to be packaged in crates, loaded on pallets or inserted in corrugated or plasticized containers.
In this way, all the items will be packed into one unit to ease the handling process – FTL shipments are usually moved with forklifts and pallet jacks. Because the shipment is handled mechanically, the risk of damage is considerably reduced.
When using FTL shipping, it is very important to distribute the weight on pallets as evenly as possible. This is mandatory in the cases when the truck trail is not filled up completely and there is still unused space in the trail.