LTL Trucking

The acronym LTL stands for less-than-truckload. LTL trucking deals with the transportation of shipments that do not require a full 88 or 53 foot trailer. While a full-truckload carrier moves full containers or trucks from one customer, a LTL carrier uses logistics to organize the transportation of multiple shipments from multiple customers on one truck. Most LTL carriers specialize in different services, such as lift gate services, guaranteed or expedited services, freeze protection, residential pickups or deliveries, final mile services and more.

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Size and Weight - The size or dimensions and weight of a shipment are two of the most important factors that determine a LTL freight quote. It’s important to remember that the packaging should be included in the total weight.

Freight Class - The freight industry classifies commodities by type, known as freight class. Freight classes are determined by the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) and are based on stowability, size and weight, and commodity type.

Lane - A lane is determined by the pickup and delivery locations. There is typically a fuel surcharge associated with each lane that changes weekly according to fuel costs.

Accessorials - Accessorial services are additional services that go beyond normal pickup and delivery. These can include services such as liftgate delivery, call-ahead notification, inside delivery, packing or unpacking, and residential deliveries.