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Shipment essentials: for shippers
What's the difference between an LTL and an FTL?
Both LTL and FTL are modes of transport for your cargo, but as their name suggests there is one key difference between the two: the quantity/size of goods shipped.
Less-than-truckload shipping, commonly known as LTL or less than load, refers to the transportation of relatively small freight that does not require a full truckload. LTL is commonly used when you have several pallets of cargo, but not enough to fill a truck. In this case, delivery dates are more flexible and not as crucial to the operation.
This mode of transport is usually recommended for small businesses that are shipping between one and six pallets, or cargo measuring less than 14 linear feet. The way it works, in order to take greater advantage of the space available, is that different LTLs from several shippers are combined into one truck until it is filled as close to capacity as possible.
On the other hand, Full-truckload, commonly known as FTL, refers to the mode of shipping where a truck carries only one dedicated shipment from one point to another. As the number of pallets goes up and your cargo becomes more time sensitive, it might be a good idea to consider an FTL or a dedicated truck. This method will give you more control over the handling of your cargo, as well as the costs and delivery dates associated with it.
With FTL you will have exclusive use of a truck, which means no worrying about other products that might be traveling alongside yours, or additional stops that the truck will have to make before arriving to the final destination. Even if you are not able to fill the entirety of the space available, you can still reserve a truck for your exclusive use. This is especially recommended when shipping large, delicate items.
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