Did you know that Shipwell is directly integrated into over 100 less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers? Our goal is to provide solutions to anyone looking to make freight shipping their competitive advantage.
We’ve supported thousands of LTL loads for our Shipwell users, and frequently hear questions from our community about LTL logistics. It’s an emerging mode of freight, and we’re here to help make sense of it all.
For those who might not be too familiar with this option, we made a list of some things you might not know about the world of LTL. Keep reading to learn more, and start booking LTL with Shipwell to save time, money, and resources.
LTL has specific requirements
Just because your shipment can’t fill a full truckload (FTL) doesn’t mean it qualifies for LTL. Your product has to be in a crate or on a pallet for fast loading, unloading, and space efficiency.
The average LTL load for a carrier is normally under 10,000 pounds and no bigger than 12 linear feet, meaning six 4×4-foot pallets maximum.
So if you are trying to ship a piano or your car, you are better off calling a piano mover or auto hauler.
The process is not the same as FTL
LTL does have a cost, and it often comes with needing services not included in the initial price.
These fees, or “accessorial charges,” are added when additional services are requested beyond the standard procedure. These services include lift gates, inside pick up or delivery, residential service, collect on delivery, fuel surcharges, arrival notification, and insurance.
Additionally, there are a few things in LTL shipping that are estimated and not guaranteed. Most carriers do not work on weekends, which could affect transit time, pickup, and delivery.
Due to the process of LTL, trucks have to go to terminals and unload their cargo first. Workers then stage the products and move them into trucks going into those regions, where they could end up at another terminal. The entire process could happen several times in one shipment.
Transit has to be strategic
Zone skipping is an industry technique that lets shippers take advantage of local rather than national freight rates. Skipping zones reduces transportation costs and improves crucial transit times.
Instead of charging rates for each parcel over every zone, you are charged for the pallet, and then a more affordable parcel rate during the last-mile phase.
Even better, if you ship terminal to terminal, you can save money on your last mile.
LTL is cost-efficient and fast to book
Above all, shippers want a solution that saves them time and money.
When the bottom line is the dollar sign, LTL is excellent for companies who have a few pallets and need their shipments on the road fast.
LTL can be cost efficient, plus, it’s also faster than ever to get rates from carrier for your LTL freight.
With Shipwell, shippers gain access to instant LTL rate quotes for freight in just a few clicks in the Shipwell platform. Simply start by filling out details of your LTL freight, view instant quotes from the carrier network, and book your freight in minutes.
The bottom line
LTL shipping can be logistically challenging, but when it comes to our shippers and their products, nothing is impossible. With Shipwell’s centralized platform and game-changing features like AI check calls, dock scheduling
Want to get your products on an LTL carrier? Use Shipwell and get access to our amazing carrier network!