A less than truckload (LTL) shipment is a shipment that is too big for a parcel carrier but does not fill an entire semi-truck trailer.
For shipping via semi-trucks to be economical, the truck’s trailer must be as close to full as possible, therefore an LTL carrier will combine your shipment with many other LTL shipments on the same truck to maximize efficiency.
Typically, LTL shipments are shipped on pallets (palletized), or with crates. LTL shipments are usually transported via truck through local terminals and distribution centers and are a cost-effective way to move bulky goods.
How Does Kuebix Provide LTL Freight Quotes?
With Kuebix, shippers can be up and running with a full TMS in the time it takes to book a flight online. Kuebix has developed web services (API) integrations with every major carrier that supports these integrations. This allows shippers to connect directly to all their carriers for instant access to all their negotiated carrier rates side by side, enabling shippers to select the best freight quote for every shipment. For carriers that don’t support web services, Kuebix also offers EDI integrations and tariff uploads so shippers can view ALL their carrier rates and access real-time information without ever leaving Kuebix.
What Tracking Does Kuebix Offer for LTL Shipments?
Kuebix Shipper helps users to track and trace shipments with real time carrier updates, and provides users up to date arrival information. Kuebix Business Pro helps users track and manage every step in a product’s lifecycle using their own ERP or the Kuebix TMS, and a standard or custom interface.
What LTL Carriers Does Kuebix Work With?
Kuebix works with most major North American LTL carriers such as Estes, UPS Freight, YRC Freight and FedEx Freight. Kuebix allows users to perform side-by-side LTL carrier rates, giving users control of selecting the best fit for their shipping needs.
How are LTL Freight Shipping Rates Determined?
LTL freight shipping rates are determined after considering several factors including freight class, density, dimensional weight (DIM), route, packaging and more.
How Should I Prepare My LTL Shipments?
LTL shipments are typically handled and transferred between trucks several times before reaching their final destination. To ensure that your shipment stays intact and in good condition, the packaging you choose is important. Try to consolidate your goods into a single, palletized shipment when possible and always factor in the shipments dimensions, documentation, labeling and instructions on loading and unloading. When you package your LTL shipment right, you increase the likelihood of your goods arriving undamaged and on-time and decrease the likelihood that you’ll get hit with extra fees.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: LTL vs. FTL: What’s the Difference?
A: LTL shipping is less than truckload, which means that the freight does not take up the entire truck but only a portion of the truck. FTL is full truckload shipping, which means the freight occupies the entire space or meets the maximum weight limit of the truck.
Q: Are There Additional LTL Shipping Services?
A: Yes, there are several different options if you have specific requirements around delivery or shipping. They include:
- Expedited – if you need your goods rushed or need to ensure that they arrive at a specific location by a certain date.
- Lift Gate – If you are shipping an item over 100lbs to a destination that does not have a dock for easy delivery, you will need to use lift gate shipping.
- Limited Access – You will need to use limited access if you are shipping your goods to a “limited access” location such as a construction site, school, camp, etc.
- Indoor delivery and/or pick-up – If you need the carrier to bring your shipment inside upon delivery you will need to specify that as an additional service.
Q: How do I know if LTL shipping is right for my needs?
A: LTL shipping makes the most sense for businesses that are looking to minimize costs and that are shipping freight under over 150lbs but less than 15,000lbs.