Less Than Truck Load (LTL)
A less-than truckload (LTL) shipment includes freight from several customers on a single deck or van. Shipments can weigh anywhere between 1 lb to 20,000 lbs. Pickups are usually scheduled for the afternoon, while deliveries begin the next morning.
Before delivery, all individual shipments are weighed and inspected to make sure they conform to the description in the accompanying paperwork.
LTL shipment delivery delays are usually longer than those for Full Truckload Freight (FTL). Some shipments can have multiple connections before reaching their final destination.
LTL shipments are highly cost effective. Freight can be transported for a fraction of the cost of an exclusive shipment.
LTL shipments also offer a number of optional services that are not typically included with FTL shipments. These include tailgate and residential or “non-commercial” services at pick up or delivery points, inside deliveries, pre-delivery notifications and freeze protection.