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Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping is a cost-effective, flexible way to transport smaller freight that doesn’t require a full 48- or 52-foot trailer. Typically, LTL freight weighs between 150-10,000 pounds and fits onto one to 10 pallets. Because LTL is transported on the same trailer as other shippers’ freight, each shipper pays for only their portion of the trailer, rather than for the entire trailer, as in full truckload (FTL) shipping.
Outsourcing your LTL management to Evans gives you the right carriers at the right price. You only pay for the space your freight occupies, and freight moving in similar directions is consolidated at terminal points for cost-effective pricing. You’ll enjoy greater flexibility, too.
Because LTL freight takes longer to move and is handled more frequently while in transit, it may not be ideal for some sensitive freight. There may be potential for cross-contamination (e.g., if plastics and garlic share the same trailer, the plastics could pick up and retain the scent of garlic).
Selecting the most efficient and trustworthy LTL carriers for your freight needs and budget requires careful coordination.
Finding capacity is easier if you’re able to break up shipments into pallets that can fit onto available spaces in LTL trailers.
Understanding LTL shipping rates and leveraging cost-saving technologies are critical to securing the best rates.
LTL is the most cost-effective when your shipment is unable to fill the space of an entire trailer. If your freight is able to fill an entire trailer, you need to explore FTL.
Facilitating special services is possible: liftgate pickup or delivery, residential pickup or delivery, inside pickup or delivery, freeze protection, and more.
Pass your LTL savings on to your customers while improving end-to-end visibility and overall satisfaction.
Navigating the complex world of LTL shipping is easy using modern transportation management systems (TMS).
Just like riding a city bus, when your freight shares a trailer with other shippers’ freight, you reduce your business’ carbon footprint.