LTL Freight Shipping

LTL freight shipping (Less-than-Truckload) is the most popular shipping option because it is the most economical way to transport shipments that are too big for parcel shipping and too small for a full truckload.

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

LTL freight is a cost-effective, reliable, and efficient method for transporting freight. LTL freight carriers compete for your business, so you save money.

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

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... 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?

LTL freight shipping saves you money.

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

At FreightCenter, we have established relationships with top carriers that compete for your business on our website. Instantly compare freight shipping quotes from multiple carriers and see how much you can save.

What's the easiest & most affordable way to ship LTL freight?

You might suspect that you can save money by reaching out to LTL freight carriers to get LTL freight quotes directly from them. Such is not the case. Only shippers with minimum volume contracts get good deals from carriers.

That's why LTL freight carriers substantially discount their rates for legitimate freight brokers and 3PLs (3rd Party Logistics providers) that are major shippers in their own right and handle all dealings between the carrier and the customer.

Aside from price, there are other 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 add to what can be a confusing process.

Logistics providers are experts at simplifying this process for you. Trained LTL freight shipping 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. Agents also help schedule specialized LTL services for your shipments.

FreightCenter's shipping agents are trained to help streamline your company's supply chain so you concentrate on your business. We'll take care of the shipping.

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What are LTL specialized services?

Most LTL freight transportation carriers specialize in one or two specialized services. FreightCenter’s wide network of LTL 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.

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

Since 1998, FreightCenter has successfully transported over 400,000 LTL freight shipments. We book several hundred LTL freight shipments daily. We combine our own proprietary technology for obtaining instant freight quotes and tracking shipments with highly-trained and experience LTL freight shipping agents who work with our customers every step of the way.

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. We'll also help you verify all details of your shipment and make sure you haven't skipped any important steps. Most 3PLs don't supply the level of service we deliver every day at FreightCenter.

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