Partial Truckload Shipping

When booking a PTL shipment, FR8Star can pair you with qualified, experienced transport companies, and guide you through the entire shipping process. In the meantime, here are some best practices for arranging PTL shipments.

Best Practices For Partial Truckload Shipping

Within the freight shipping world, there is a somewhat lesser-known but beneficial shipping mode called partial truckload (PTL) transport. This type of transport sits between the “go small” less than truckload (LTL) and the “go big” full truckload (FTL) shipment options. PTL can be a good high-speed, cost-saving option when your freight sits on six or more pallets and weighs 5,000 to 28,000 pounds.

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What Is PTL Shipping?

Like an LTL shipment, a partial load shipment doesn’t take up an entire trailer. A PTL, however, is larger, omits freight class requirements, and typically ships from origin to destination without making stops in between.


FR8Star generally considers PTLs, or “partials,” as shipments measuring less than 12 feet in length (think a small tractor) and weighing more than 5,000 pounds or resting on six or more pallets. Overall, any freight that isn’t palletized and weighs more than a few thousand pounds may be eligible for PTL shipping through FR8Star.

Benefits Of PTL Shipping

  • Lower costs. Because a PTL doesn’t require a freight classification to obtain rates, shippers can often eliminate reclassification and other fees from their total costs. Also, since you only pay for the space used, you can save a good deal of money (up to 50% in some cases) in terms of shared costs, as transport companies sometimes include other shipments with yours.
  • Quick delivery. With few or no stops at terminals, warehouses, and other locations, PTL shipments are usually delivered more quickly than LTLs and FTLs.
  • Less handling. Fewer stops means less handling of PTL cargo, which is an important consideration if you’re looking to minimize risk of damage to fragile freight.

Preparing A PTL For Transport

Prepping a PTL shipment essentially involves three steps: packing/wrapping, measuring, and labeling. Using extreme accuracy and care at each step is key. When boxing or crating items, sort and individually wrap them in plastic, adding protective padding for fragile items, and properly label each box. For pallets, stack boxes from heaviest to lightest, and encase the entire pallet in stretch wrap to ensure loose items remain in place.


Next, carefully measure the freight’s weight, length, height, and width. Finally, create a bill of lading (BOL) that includes your contact information, pickup and delivery sites, packaging used, item descriptions and dimensions, and shipping instructions.

Quickly & Easily Book A PTL Shipment

When you’re ready to book a PTL shipment, turn to FR8Star. Our free service connects shippers with expert transport companies who are qualified to handle all types of hauling modes, including PTL shipments. Within FR8Star’s network, you will find thousands of insured PTL transport companies from which to solicit bids.

Start by getting free hauling estimates for your specific PTL shipment, compare your bids and transport companies, and get your PTL shipments to its destination. FR8Star’s dedicated customer service team is there to ensure a hassle-free experience every step of the way.

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