Less-than-truckload / LTL Freight Shipping

Less-than-truckload (LTL) Freight

Less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipping is used for smaller freight loads. These are typically freight loads that are either too large to be shipped via parcel but too small to fill up an entire truckload. LTL carriers will combine your freight shipment with other freight shipments until the LTL truck container is filled. Then the LTL freight shipment is transported using a hub system, where it is transferred between different trucks and various freight shipment centers until it reaches its ultimate destination.

Saving Money on LTL Freight

Freight shipments that do not fill an entire truckload are less expensive if shipped as LTL freight. Using LTL to ship a smaller freight load can offer a significant savings over shipping that same load in a mostly empty truck. Of course, there are exceptions when a truckload freight shipment is better and Britus Transportation Services knows the difference and can save you money.

Timeline for Freight Shipping

LTL freight travels using a hub system and freight shipments are transferred several times before arriving at their final destination. For this reason LTL freight usually takes longer than TL freight to ship. Britus stays in contact with your LTL freight carrier and monitors a timetable with the exact transit time of your shipment.

Handling and Preparation

LTL freight, because it is handled and transferred more than truckload freight is more susceptible to damage. To decrease the risk of damage to your LTL freight shipments, you can consolidate your load into one palletized shipment. Fewer packages means less handling and reduces the likelihood of damage to your freight shipment.

Questions to ask when deciding to use LTL Shipping

Does my shipment weigh less than 10,000 lbs?

Is someone available to load and unload the shipment?

Can my shipment be consolidated, can I palletize my shipment?

Is sharing trailer space with other shipments alright with you?

Am I okay with the timeline restrictions of LTL freight?