LTL is the acronym that stands for less than truckload shipping. At a basic level of definition, LTL is a mode of transport for smaller freight shipments that occupy only a part of the truck.
The space inside the trailer is distributed among different shippers who pay only for their portion. This makes LTL transport more affordable for freight loads and suitable for businesses that need to send shipments to different destinations.
As the name suggests, LTL refers exclusively to road shipping and implies multiple loading and unloading during the transit.
LTL shipping is one of the most cost-effective solutions for shipping freight when:
The shipping rates for LTL transport depend on many factors:
LTL transport is more convenient than shipping parcels individually. Providing the exact dimensions and weight, as well as accurate addresses are of a paramount importance to calculate the final price. The information also serves the carriers to optimize the space they have available in trucks.
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Less than truckload transportation can accommodate the shipments which are either too big or too heavy to be handled through standard courier services and too little to fill an entire truck. Thus, LTL shipping is used for different shipping units, from oversized packages, palletized goods, crates, to corrugated containers.
For a LTL transport, the packaging materials used to protect the freight are the same as for full truckload shipping, described in the dedicated section.