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Shipping LTL Freight

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Shipping LTL Freight

Less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipping is a cost-effective, reliable, and efficient method for shipping LTL freight.

Think of LTL shipping like rideshare for freight. Your cargo shares space in the trailer with other shippers’ cargo. The shipper is charged only for the area their cargo uses. This is called capacity sharing, and by using capacity sharing, shipping LTL freight reduces costs for shippers.

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LTL Freight Shipping

Partnering with a third-party logistics provider (3PL) takes the guesswork and stress out of shipping LTL freight.

Expert LTL shipping agents know the logistics industry inside and out, and they can help with everything from finding affordable freight rates, the right LTL carrier for your cargo, choosing the best accessorials or specialized LTL services, and more.

Why You May Need LTL

Shippers might need LTL for:

  • Cargo weighing more than 150 pounds.
  • Large, bulky items.
  • Palletized or crated shipments.
  • Shipments that don’t require the use of the entire trailer.
  • Shipping cargo through local terminals and distribution centers.
  • Business shippers and individuals who want affordable freight rates.

What Are LTL Specialized Services?

Most LTL freight carriers specialize in one or two specialized services. FreightCenter’s wide network of freight carriers allows us to offer a large variety of specialized services, including the following:

Expedited Shipping Services are offered for time-sensitive freight. Service levels include 3-day, 2-day, overnight, and next-day freight services.

Lift Gate Services are often needed at pick up and/or delivery when a forklift isn’t available on site. Many of our carriers offer lift gate services upon request.

Notification Services can be arranged before shipment pick up or delivery, so you know when to expect the truck.

White Glove Services are available for residential shipments or commercial locations. This service is best for items that need an extra set of hands or packaging experience.

First and Final Mile Services include more than just freight pick up or delivery. First mile services can include inside pickup, packaging and dismantling, stair carries, and more. Final mile services can include inside delivery, removal of packaging materials, assembly or setup, and more.

Limited Access Pick Ups/Deliveries are offered where locations or destinations restrict trucks from entering, such as: some residential areas, construction sites, military bases, schools, churches, and government facilities. FreightCenter works with carriers equipped to access such locations.

Hazardous Materials Transportation may include, but is not limited to, transport of fuels, bio-chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. FreightCenter has specialized carriers that handle hazmat transportation.

Guaranteed Services may include both date- and time-specific needs for pick up or delivery, guaranteed within a predetermined time window (e.g., before noon on a Thursday, or after 5 p.m. on a Tuesday). Speak with our Freight Agents to arrange shipment with a carrier that offers such guarantees.

LTL Shipping with FreightCenter

Since its inception, FreightCenter has successfully transported over 400,000 LTL shipments. We combine our own innovative transportation management system (TMS) technology to streamline and centralize the freight shipping process.

In addition, our shippers have a dedicated freight agent who works with them every step of the way to handle even the most unique shipping needs.

Get the most out of shipping LTL freight by instantly comparing freight rates from top carriers or calling us at 800.716.7608.

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Why Ship LTL Freight?

LTL freight shipping saves you money.

Freight shipping is the easiest way to move large and bulky items, quickly and affordably. When you don’t need a full truckload, you can save a lot of money with LTL freight shipping.

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Common Questions

Why Is LTL Freight So Expensive?

LTL freight costs are determined by a number of variables, including fuel price, driver compensation and maintenance. Due to a shortage of drivers in the industry, driver pay has increased to attract qualified workers. Your personal shipment cost is based on factors such as weight, density, classification, etc.

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Why is LTL Freight Slow?

LTL freight can run slower than full truckload shipping. This is because the truck carries the cargo of several different shippers and therefore has to make numerous drop-offs and trade-offs. LTL shipping can also only be ground freight, so the driver can run into many delays, including auto accidents, bad weather or slow traffic.

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Who Is the Best LTL Freight Carrier?

FreightCenter can help you find the best LTL carrier for your needs. Our network includes more than 50 of the top LTL carriers includes both national and regional options. We help you get the best shipping rate possible as we have strong partnerships with most of the preferred carriers.

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What Does LTL Freight Mean?

LTL stands for “Less than TruckLoad” or “Less Than Load.” LTL shipping is used for freight that is too large to take to the post office but too small for an entire truck. When shipping LTL freight (150 to 15,000 lbs), you share a truck with other shippers and pay only for the space your cargo occupies.

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How Do I Ship LTL Freight?

When shipping Less Than Truckload (LTL) freight (150 to 15,000 lbs), you pay only for the space your cargo occupies. LTL can be shipped via standard, expedited or guaranteed services. LTL freight shipping can be complicated due to variables such as lanes, weight, dimensions and classification.

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