Even if your new to the freight and transportation industry one of the most common terms you hear is LTL or Less-Than Truckload. LTL is used when you are moving smaller shipments of products and an entire 48' or 53' trailer is not needed. So, when a shipper uses this method of transportation, they are combining their freight with multiple other shippers in the area.
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When a shipper only needs to a move a small number of pallets LTL is the best option to use. When the shipment is ready, a pickup request is scheduled and a local LTL carrier will pick it up at your facility. Once that LTL driver fills out the trailer, it is brought back to their terminal. Its then sorted and moves from terminal to terminal until it reaches the destination.
Shipping LTL is a slower transit time option when compared to truckload so why use it? LTL is more cost-effective shipping method. Since the shipper is only paying for a portion of the truck instead of the whole trailer. So, each shipper is paying only for the amount of space used.
Since it takes a little longer for LTL shipments to get from the shipper to the consignee, how do you keep track of where the shipment is at? Easy! When the driver goes to pick up a shipment, they will place a label on each pallet. this label has what is known as a Pro number. This label is scanned at each terminal showing exactly where your freight is located.
What if you have more than a couple pallets but still less than a truckload. Then Volume LTL comes in to play. If a shipper needs at least 10' linear feet of space they can request volume rate. This rate tends to be a more cost-effective solution then regular LTL, but has an even slower transit time. LTL carries will only move these when the have capacity at each terminal.
When shipping LTL, the word accessorials comes up all the time. What is it? Accessorials occur when the shipment requires a certain way for it to be picked up or delivered. Such as if the shipment is being delivered to a residential location or needs a liftgate. Accessorials do cost extra to begin with, but if not added on correctly from the start they will incur additional costs after.
When shipping LTL there are a few things that you need to know before getting a quote. Once we have the below information, we can get you a quote ASAP.
With LTL since you are essentially paying for a portion of the trailer. They require the dimensions and weight of each pallet. When measuring make sure to always round up. So, it its 72.5" then it will be 73".
The freight class is determined by dimensions, weight and density and does affect the quoted price. Make sure the correct class is given in the beginning. LTL carriers will check and correct it after it is picked up causing additional costs.
The NMFC number corresponds to the type of commodity that is being shipped.
When using Sandell Transport you will have a dedicated team to handle your LTL shipments from start to finish. From getting the shipment picked up on a particular day to closely tracking it until it delivers. Our team will give daily updates on the shipment and let you know if any issues arise. Need to submit a claim due to damage or shortage? Let us know and we get right on it.
Best of all you will be dealing with a dedicated team and not a robot or call center that doesn't care.