LTL Freight Transport
Learn more about LTL shipping and how FR8Star can connect you with the right carrier for the job.
Best Practices For LTL Freight Transport
When you have a shipment that is more than 150 pounds (68 kilograms), too large for parcel shipping, and too small to qualify as a full truckload (FTL), then less-than-truckload (LTL) transport may be your best option. However, in order to avoid potential problems, you need to prepare the load properly before the driver arrives for pickup. Read on to learn more about LTL shipping and how FR8Star can connect you with the right carrier for the job.
What Is LTL Freight Transport?
LTL transport involves hauling smaller loads from several customers on the same truck or trailer in an effort to get as close to maximum capacity as possible and improve efficiency. It also provides an opportunity to save money, as the burden of shipping costs is typically distributed across multiple customers. This shipping method is usually reserved for freight weighing between 150 and 20,000 lbs (68 to 9,000 kg), although that range can vary depending on the carrier’s capabilities and the trailer’s capacity.
Prepare Or Palletize Your Shipment
The first step in preparing your shipment for LTL transport is to pack it properly in a box or crate, and then to palletize the load if necessary. When using a pallet, place heavier items on the bottom to create a solid base, and then build from there. Once everything is stacked, encase the pallet in plastic wrap to secure the contents. LTL carriers often palletize loads because doing so makes them easier to load and unload, and there are no loose items to contend with during the haul.
It’s important to be as accurate as possible when measuring your freight. This includes calculating the total weight of the shipment and then measuring the height, length, and width. Providing accurate dimensions will save you money—and the carrier’s precious time. If all of the customers in a group LTL shipment do their part, the shipper can accurately calculate the weight of the entire load, make sure it is below maximum capacity and in compliance with transport laws, and get the items to their destination on time.
Create A Bill Of Lading
Once your shipment is prepared, it’s time to create a bill of lading (BOL). Information on the BOL should include the pickup and drop-off locations, the type of packaging used for the freight, item descriptions, dimensions, and other details. Again, accuracy is key, not only to making the carrier’s life easier, but also to ensuring you pay a fair price for the transport.
Find The Right Carrier
The last step is to find a carrier capable of transporting your freight safely and securely. Fortunately, FR8Star makes this easy by giving you access to a network of brokers with extensive experience in LTL freight transport. Simply enter information about your load on FR8Star.com, and you will receive free hauling estimates, usually in 30 seconds or less. After that, simply wait for the bids to roll in, compare brokers, and choose the carrier that’s right for you.