What are LTL Carriers?

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LTL or Less than Truckload Carriers are trucking companies. These companies move products from many customers on one truck. They have vehicles that collect shipments from a local area. The shipments are delivered to a terminal rated and weighed. This process allows an accurate billing to be processed. The individual shipments are then loaded with other customer’s shipments. These outbound trucks are destined for similar locations with hubs in the US. Once a truck reaches its destination regional terminal, the payload is sorted. Each shipment may be handled many times through many hubs. This process is completed when the shipment reaches it finals destination. A local delivery truck driver familiar with the route makes the final drop.

Who are LTL Carriers?

ltl carriers are trucking companies

US top LTL carriers ranked by the previous year’s annual revenue. The ranking is in millions of dollars, including fuel surcharges. The following is a list of companies that often are in the top 25.

  • FedEx Freight
  • XPO Logistics
  • YRC Freight
  • Old Dominion Freight Lines
  • UPS Freight
  • Estes Express Lines
  • ABF Freight System
  • YRC Regional
  • R+L Carriers
  • SAIA Motor Freight Lines
  • Averitt Express
  • Central Transport
  • RoadRunner Transportation
  • AAA Cooper
  • Dayton Freight Lines
  • Pitt Ohio
  • New England Motor Freight
  • A Duie Pyle
  • Central Freight Lines
  • Daylight Transportation
  • Oak Harbor Freight Lines
  • Ward Trucking
  • Wilson Trucking
  • LME

Are there Advantages to using LTL Carriers?

The biggest advantage of using LTL Carriers is the cost savings. A dimensional weight shipment on a partial truckload is lower in price than a full truck load. LTL carriers compete with parcel carriers with pricing and shipment movement. When your shipment exceeds the parcel carrier’s limitations, LTL becomes an obvious choice. The price per pound shipment is lower than parcel carriers. This occurs most of the time when these limitations exceeded. LTL carriers can also ship products that have legal limitations. Parcel carriers have to follow strict limitations of what they can and cannot move. Freight Class codes are assigned to help identify these types of shipments. LTL companies can move large shipments. They are dependable and faster than carrier options out there at an affordable rate. Use our free online Freight Quote to see what an LTL carrier can do for you.

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