LTL Trucking Definition
LTL (less than truckload) trucking involves shipping freight that only requires a portion of the trailer. Ideally, the load weighs less than 150 pounds and can be transferred to different trucks before getting to their ultimate destinations.
Understanding Freight Density and Class in LTL Trucking
Generally, there are 18 freight classes as defined by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association. The classes range from 50 to 500 depending on their weight and density. Carriers mostly use these classes to determine freight tariffs, quotes, and rates. Compact and high-density freight belongs to the lower class, which translates to lower shipping costs. Other factors that determine your LTL freight class include:
Liability: It refers to your commodity value, probability of damage, theft, or the likelihood of damaging other freight. Generally, freight possessing higher risks belong to the higher freight class and, therefore, higher shipping costs.
Stowability: It refers to the ease of shipping your freight together with other commodities. Hazardous, flammable, or perishable materials cannot be shipped with certain items and belong to a higher class.
Ease of Handling: The level of care required when shipping your cargo also affects its classification. If your freight is fragile or perishable, requiring any special handling, it automatically falls into a higher class.
Benefits of LTL Trucking
Reduced Shipping Costs - An LTL truckload involves several small shipments consolidated to fill a whole truck. Shippers are only required to pay for their space, which translates to a fraction of the standard truckload and therefore reduced shipping costs.
It is an Excellent Option for small businesses - Small businesses tend to ship fewer commodities and can therefore benefit from LTL trucking services. All they need is to work with professional and seasoned hauling experts such as Heavy Haulers for the most competitive rates in the industry.
Tracking - Such LTL carriers as Heavy Equipment Transport provide tracking services through the shipment reference number, PRO number, bill of lading number, to name a few.
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