Shipping Less Than Truckload (LTL)

When your shipment is too big to send via parcel services but not large or heavy enough to require a dedicated shipping container, Less Than Truckload or LTL Freight is the answer.

Things To Know About LTL Freight

LTL freight shipments are less expensive than dedicated Full Truckload (FTL) shipments, but they usually take longer to arrive than FTL shipments. An LTL shipment is loaded on a shared shipping container and routed through a central hub. Your freight may be loaded and unloaded several times en route to its destination.

Preparing Your LTL Freight

The best way to minimize loss and damage is to consolidate your goods into large palletized shipments. Stack boxes of goods on a pallet then wrap the entire shipment in secure plastic shipping wrap. Your transporter will give you the maximum dimensions of a palletized shipment and may provide the pallets you need.

Choosing the Right LTL Transporter

Price and shipping time are often the main criteria for choosing an LTL transporter. When listing your shipment on ShipRightNow, include as much detail as possible so that transporters can give you an accurate bid. Feel free to ask questions of any bidding transporter. Your questions will be sent to the transporter without sharing your contact information so you will not be bombarded with sales calls. We only share your contact information after you accept a bid.

Loading And Unloading

Either you or your agent must be present when the shipment is picked up and dropped off at its destination. Ask your transporter whether loading and unloading service is included in their bid. If your transporter does not offer this service, be sure you have the personnel and equipment necessary to load and unload your goods.