Less than truckload (LTL) freight shipping refers to the shipping of small freight or loads that don’t require the use of an entire trailer. When freight weighs between 150 and 15,000 pounds, LTL shipping can be a convenient and economical method of transporting goods for small to medium-sized businesses. Clear Lane Freight provides cost-effective, dependable, long-haul LTL service via our trusted network of carrier providers throughout the United States.
LTL occupies the niche between parcel shipping and full truckload shipments. The advantages to shippers include:
Reduced costs: When you book an LTL shipment, you share the cost of a trailer with the other shippers also using a portion of the cargo space. You pay only for the amount of space that your shipment takes up, saving you money.
Increased security: LTL shipments are usually packaged onto pallets before they’re loaded onto the truck. Compared to shipments with multiple smaller handling units, one well-packaged pallet is more likely to remain secure to its final destination.
Tracking: LTL shipments can be tracked while in transit using information like a PRO number or shipment reference number. Clear Lane offers convenient online tracking on all shipments to assist our customers.
Additional service options: LTL shipping gives you access to special services such as liftgates and inside pickup and delivery.
The cost of an LTL shipment can vary depending on both the condition of the market and the individual characteristics of what you’re shipping. Common factors that can raise or lower the rate are:
Distance: Typically, the further your freight needs to go, the higher the price will be.
Dimensions: The dimensions and weight of your shipment help determine the freight class of your shipment and the rates you pay. Items that are large but not heavy—that is, low density—will fall into a higher freight class.
Mode: If expedited service is requested, that typically requires an additional fee. Shipments that aren’t time-sensitive will usually benefit from lower rates.
Type: Anything that requires special handling or equipment, such as hazardous materials, perishables, or fragile items, will lead to higher costs.
If you’re a business shipping goods that weigh less than 15,000 pounds and want to save money on freight, LTL shipping is ideal. Clear Lane Freight has been providing effective LTL shipping solutions to our clients for over a decade through our growing network of trusted service providers.
How does LTL shipping work? LTL shipping works on a hub-and-spoke model, where shipments are routed first to centralized hubs (distribution centers) where they can be bundled with other shipments headed for the same destination. This improves delivery efficiency and saves money.
What is the difference between LTL and FTL shipping? A shipment that requires the use of an entire trailer is known as full truckload, or FTL shipping. When your shipment takes up less space than a full trailer, less than truckload (LTL) shipping can be an economical alternative to paying for an entire trailer you don’t need.
Should I ship parcel or LTL? LTL shipping can be an effective alternative to parcel services for shipments weighing over 150 pounds. Rather than paying a premium, you’ll get competitive rates and expert advice for your shipment.
To properly prepare your goods for shipment, you should:
Measure dimensions accurately: Carriers use accurate dimensions to maximize their capacity. Round up to the nearest inch when measuring the length, width, and height of your shipment to avoid adjustment fees.
Documentation: Complete the bill of lading for the carrier as accurately and thoroughly as possible. This serves as your receipt for the goods you’re shipping.
Packaging and labeling: Condense and protect your goods by loading them onto pallets with heavy items on the bottom, clearly labeled on the side.
Clear Lane Freight Systems offers reliable long haul LTL solutions for customers seeking lower rates for non-time-sensitive goods. To request a quote or learn more about our services, contact us here.
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