LTL shipping is the ideal solution when your shipment is bigger than a parcel, and smaller than a truckload. It usually applies to loads heavier than 150 pounds and lighter than 15,000 pounds. Many small business make use of LTL or partial load shipping by road freight as an affordable method to ship their goods and thereby increase their national footprint and reach otherwise unoccupied markets. It is a budget-friendly method for situations in which consumer demand is stable or average.
Partial truckload shipping is the middle ground between less than truckload and full truckload shipping. It is typically recommended for shipments that weigh more than 5,000 pounds or are bigger than six pallets. No freight class is required for partial truckload shipments, and therefore require less handling. The end result? Expedited transit times.
Other shippers will fill the unoccupied space in the truck. It is an affordable and flexible method that essentially allows a number of shippers to share the space and cost of an entire truck. Shipments from various shippers are combined into a single truck headed to the same destination or area, thus maximizing on efficiency and delivery costs.
LTL road freight combines cargo from multiple customers into one shipment. The third party logistics company (Cargolia in this case) carries the cargo and the shipper shares the transportation costs with other shippers.
LTL shipping also tends to be expedited compared to standard transit. It is also best suited for shipments headed to areas that have limited access for carriers, including strip malls, rural locations, camps and construction sites.
If you don’t need a full trailer and your shipment weighs less than 15, 000 pounds, LTL shipping is the way to go. It can help maximize on savings.
Partial truckload shipping is a great option when your load is heavier than less-than-truckload, and lighter than a full truck load shipment. Your partial truckload freight shipment will remain on the same truck for the duration of the transportation. That means that there will be less time wasted on handling, resulting in faster delivery times.
As with less-than-truckload shipping, partial truckload shipping does not require a freight class, thus saving on extra charges that come with the re-classification of freight in the event that you choose the wrong class. Less handling also means a reduced risk of loss or damage during loading and unloading and transferring between trucks.
Partial truckload shipping is best for low density freight or any lightweight freight that takes up a lot of space. It’s also a great option for fragile freight, as the reduced handling should reduce the risk of damage while your goods are in transit.
You need to know the exact dimensions of your shipment when you request a partial truckload shipment quotation. This is to ensure that your freight will fit into the trailer.
The most obvious benefit of shared freight shipping services is the cost saving, as it enables you to ship goods without having to hire an entire trailer. But there are more benefits, including:
Cargolia has an established reputation as a leading specialist in less-than-truckload and partial load shipping services. When you need smaller, once off or frequent shipments, we can help you to reduce costs, maintain visibility and maximize efficiency.
No matter where you want to ship your goods, Cargolia’s vast network of carriers covers all routes across the 50 states. Exporting your goods? We can take it to any of the international ports on your behalf, or we can bring the goods from the ports to your doorstep.
Over ten years in the business, we have established a flawless reputation for quality service and commitment to customer satisfaction. Many of our repeat clients have been with us right from the start and continue to turn to us for all their LTL shipping or partial load freight forwarding.
We have the infrastructure, equipment and logistics technology to ensure that your shipment is collected on schedule and delivered on time, every time. Our innovative systems allow us to track your shipment every step of the way, providing unmatched peace of mind, knowing that your goods are in safe hands.
"My long-haul shipment arrived in just 4 days. Cargolia exceeded my expectations (and my past experience with other companies!)."