Shipping LTL Freight
Less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipping is a cost-effective, reliable, and efficient method for shipping freight.
Think of LTL shipping like rideshare for freight. Your cargo shares space in the trailer with other shippers’ cargo. This is called capacity sharing, and by using capacity sharing, shipping LTL freight reduces costs for shippers. The shipper is charged only for the space their cargo uses.
FreightCenter Simplifies LTL 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.
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 Freight Shipping with FreightCenter
Since 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 LTL 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 a free LTL shipping quote
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more