What is the difference between LTL and FTL?

Differences FAQ blog post

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.

While there are benefits to both LTL and full truckload shipping, there is likely one option that will be the most efficient solution for your specific freight shipping needs.


Here are some of the fundamental differences between LTL and full truckload:

1. Cost

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.


2. Weight

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.


3. Urgency

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.


4. Handling

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.


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