If you are a small to medium-sized business owner or manager who is short on time and looking for ways to decrease your freight spend, make your customers happy, reduce transit times and improve your overall shipping strategy – we’ve got the solution! Depending on the type, size, or amount of freight you’re shipping, the advantages of full truckload freight shipping could be exactly what you need.
What Type of Freight Shipping Is Best for Me?
This may be a question you have asked yourself more than once. Generally speaking, less than truckload shipping (LTL shipping) is the most popular form of shipping. However, if you are shipping cargo that weighs 5,000 pounds or more, you really should compare the benefits and costs of both full truckload shipping and LTL shipping.
The most common equipment used for shipping freight are dry vans. Full truckload freight shipping makes use of a variety of equipment, including:
- Dry vans
- Refrigerated vans
- Flatbed trucks
- Step decks
- Removable gooseneck
4 Advantages of Full Truckload Freight Shipping
All shipping methods have their benefits, depending on the type and quantity of freight you are shipping. Below are some of the most common advantages of full truckload freight shipping:
1. Negotiable Rates
The rates quoted by carriers for LTL shipments are not negotiable. You have your choice of carriers, but your 3PL (freight broker) doesn’t have the opportunity to negotiate the already-discounted rate.
- With full truckload, the rates are set in real time by what the market will bear. That means that your 3PL has more opportunity to negotiate a better rate for you. A carrier might be willing to negotiate their rate because they need a backhaul load for their return trip. Or, they might consider the city where your load is going to be a preferred destination. For whatever reason, you save money.
2. Time Savings
Full truckload shipping can shave two days off your transit time by eliminating the extra handling that is involved with LTL shipments which involve at least three trucks and two freight terminals.
- Full truckload shipments are picked up and delivered by the same truck with no extra stops between the pickup and delivery locations. There is no other cargo to pick up, no terminal to go to and no need to transfer the shipment to a delivery vehicle. This is because full truckload shipping means your cargo requires the full trailer space and won’t share space with other shippers’ freight like it would when shipping via LTL.
- If your shipment is time sensitive and requires the use of the full trailer space, then full truckload is likely your best option.
3. Fewer Hassles
Less than truckload shipping revolves around accuracy. Every shipping unit (pallet, crate, etc.) must be accurately weighed and measured. Knowing the freight class and density of your shipment along with the requirement of certain accessorials and options like lift-gates and oversized freight can make LTL shipping more cumbersome.
- Booking a full truckload shipment, you pay for exclusive use of the vehicle and driver, not the details of the shipment which determine LTL rates.
4. Reduced Risks
When your shipment has the entire truck to itself, you don’t have to worry about another shipper’s cargo damaging yours. Or vice versa, where another shipper may blame you for damage to their shipment.
- While additional 3rd party cargo insurance is still advisable in case of an unavoidable circumstance caused by weather, accident or unforeseen delay, full truckload shipping reduces some of the risks by eliminating shared trailer space.
Finding the Right Option for Your Shipments
Full truckload may not be the best shipping options for every type of shipment, but it’s worth looking into whenever your shipment weighs more than 5,000 pounds or requires the use of the entire trailer space.
The freight shipping and logistics industry is complex, and it can be overwhelming trying to figure it all out. We can help you streamline your operations and shipping process saving you time to focus on growing your business. Get expert shipping help, and access to tools, resources, and our transportation management system.
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