Understanding LTL Trucking
If you are shipping goods with trucking company, then you will be given with a couple of options for transporting your goods. These options provided to you will be FTL and LTL. On the other hand, LTL or Less Than Truck Load is the more desired options by patrons due to a number of reasons.
FTL, the opposite of LTL is an abbreviation for Full Truck Load. It is imperative to understand what FTL first is in order to understand fully what LTL shipping is. When shipping goods on FTL basis, this means that you’re hiring a courier company in moving goods. There will be no other items belonging to other people shipped on the same truck which they will move your items on.
As for LTL shipping, this is entirely different idea. What’s done here is that, the delivery company will do the best they can to ensure that every space inside the truck is filled with other client’s items. This basically combines shipments of other clients who are shipping in the same route no matter if the items are only for that part of the trip. As a matter of fact, by putting all shipments of other clients in one load, this offers countless of advantages to clients who are patronizing the said service.
One of the benefits provided by LTL shipping has to do with the cost associated to it. Because with Less Than Truck Load the cost is shared by everyone who uses the shipping service, it helps those to save significant sum of money. When shipping with Full Truck Load however, you’re the only one paying for all aspects of that shipment. Due to the fact that clients share the cost with LTL, they don’t have to pay what FTL clients have to. There are cases to which FTL shipping might be an option when LTL shipping is not possible. In most cases, LTL shipping is what preferred the most by clients.
If the item’s weight ranges between 100lbs. to 10,000lbs, then expect to get a lot of suggestions to go for using LTL shipping. But if the shipment has exceeded the maximum figure, that is the time when the trucking company may need you to take the FTL option. Then again, companies will be offering you this option. If you are someone who needs to ship an item urgently, then that is when you can take full advantage of FTL shipping. The drawback is of course, you have to shoulder all the costs associated with the shipping and you might even pay for empty spaces in the truck since you’re the only client using that truck for shipping purposes.