What is the difference between LTL and FTL?
April 13, 2016
Less than truckload (LTL) is the term used for the shipment of goods that don't require the whole space of a truck - while full truckload (FTL) is used for shipments that take up an entire truck's weight or space capacity.
Here are some of the fundamental differences between LTL and full truckload:
LTL combines the freight of multiple companies. You are not only splitting the space but also the costs with other shippers. This can be the more efficient option when you don't have enough freight to fill a whole truck.
LTL is typically ideal when your freight shipments are less than 15,000 pounds, while you'd be more likely to consider FTL for shipments more than 15,000 pounds.
If your shipment is time-sensitive, FTL may be the way to go. Since FTL shipments usually pick up and deliver on the same truck, the delivery can be faster than LTL, which typically requires several stops at carrier terminals.
When you are shipping more fragile items, FTL may help decrease the likelihood of damage to goods during transit since there are less instances of loading and unloading freight.
There are many considerations when it comes to choosing the right freight shipping method, but we hope this information helps you decide which option best suits your freight shipping needs.
Stay tuned for the next installment of our freight shipping FAQ series!
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