LTL Freight Shipping

When your shipment is too big to bring to the post office, but too small fill up a truck, you’ve got Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) freight on your hands. LTL shipping is the most popular freight transport option for shippers.

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What is LTL freight shipping, and what does it mean for my business?

LTL freight is generally shipped by truck, to and from your pickup and destination locations. It is a cost-effective, reliable, and efficient method for transporting freight.

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In general, LTL, or less-than-truckload, freight....

1... weighs anywhere from 50 pounds and up.

2... is larger than a parcel but smaller than a truckload—i.e., too large to take to the post office, but too small for an entire truck.

3... shipments are usually palletized or crated, to reduce both rates and damage risks.

4... trucking is generally a fraction of the cost of a full truckload shipment. Shipping costs are usually determined based on a dimensional weight to increase load capacity.

5... is often shipped through local terminals and distribution centers.

6... is frequently delivered in the mornings, with pickups typically occurring in the afternoon and at night.

7... transit times take longer than full truckload transit times because of the shared payload.

8... is the most popular way to ship, according to the majority of shippers today.

Why would I ship LTL?

In short, LTL shipping saves you money.

Freight shipping is the easiest way to move large and bulky items quickly and efficiently. Carriers have routes or “lanes” that they run daily. Some destinations have a lower demand on the return; and this lack of demand can save you a lot.

At FreightCenter, we know this and have established relationships with top carriers. With our volume shipping, we qualify for large discounts that we pass along to our customers.

Do I need a 3PL to ship LTL?

There are many reasons to enlist the help of a third-party logistics provider. LTL freight shipping can be complicated. Variables such as lanes, weight, dimensions, and freight classification only add to the confusion.

Logistics providers are experts at simplifying this process for you. Trained Freight Agents can sort through all the details to maximize your savings and delivery times, so you can make the right logistics decisions for your business. They can also help schedule specialized LTL services for your shipments.

Why wouldn’t you hire a 3PL provider?

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What are LTL services?

Most LTL transportation carriers specialize in one or two services. FreightCenter’s wide network of carriers allows us to offer a large variety of 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.

Why FreightCenter Is the Right 3PL for Your Freight Shipping Needs

To date, FreightCenter has successfully transported over 400,000 LTL freight shipments, including hundreds daily. Our Freight Agents put in a combined two thousand plus hours a week, scheduling and booking freight shipments to get you the best possible shipping options and prices.

With FreightCenter, you choose the carriers and services that are best for your shipment with instant pricing quotes. If you are unsure what best fits yours needs, we are here to help.

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