LTL freight shipping is the most common form of freight shipping in the US. LTL shipments, generally speaking, are between 150 lbs and 10,000 lbs and under 12 linear feet. There are many options for shippers to move there freight. The decision of which way to go can depend on a number of factors. To help in your decision making process we have put together this list of advantages.
LTL offers cost savings
Cost savings is at the the top of the list for most shippers. When compared to truckload shipping, shippers can move freight over 150 lbs at a significant cost savings. The reason for this is due to the way LTL works. In LTL shipping the carriers will pickup shipments from different shippers and fill their truck that way. This means that all of the shippers share the expense of transportation by only paying for their portion. The carriers will take the shipments they pickup back to their local terminal and then organize them by destination to make for a very cost effective transportation solution.
LTL has a variety of special services
LTL carriers offer a variety of services that most truckload carriers do not. Often this is because LTL carriers have a variety of types of equipment. Carriers typically charge for these services as extra or accessorial charges. These services include but are not limited to:
- Lift Gate
- Limited Access
- Sort & Segregate
- LTL shipping gives you flexibility to keep your supply chain moving
The nature of LTL shipping allows you to move smaller shipments when they are ready rather then waiting to fill a full truckload. Many shippers find themselves in a position where they can load a full truck out but it goes to many different places. In these cases LTL shippers can leverage the hub and spoke network of LTL carriers to distribute their shipments to customers all over the country.
Thank you for reading this article. We hope it is helpful as you make your transportation decisions. At BAM Freight we specialize in LTL and truckload freight shipping. We are happy to help in anyway we can!
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