A partial truck load (PTL) or Load to Ride (LTR) is the type of shipment that takes up a significant space inside the truck without filling it entirely, and usually has a very little weight. Partial load shipping falls between FTL and LTL.
Similarly, to full truckload shipping, PTL shipping is transported faster because it is delivered in the same truck from which it was loaded.
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:
Partial truckload shipping is generally an affordable option because the cost of transportation is split between many shippers. Shippers turn to PTL solutions when their volume is not enough to fit an entire truck trail. The final cost of a partial truckload shipping is calculated based on:
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PTL transport is the perfect solution for shippers with a low-density freight and who are looking for fast deliveries.
Shipments sent through partial load mode of transport are less prone to damages because the freight is handled less. However, the way the freight is packaged plays a significant role in assuring a safe transport.
Shipments placed on pallets, corrugated shipping containers, and wooden crates are the most common packaging methods used. The preparation for a PTL shipping is not any different from the FTL shipping, described in the dedicated section.