LTL Shipping is Simple. Here’s What to Expect at Pickup.
April 18, 2023
Less than truckload (LTL) shipping is a flexible and efficient option for businesses that need to move a small amount of freight. Ideal for businesses who have shipments of less than 10,000 lbs., LTL allows multiple shippers to share space on the same truck with each paying for their portion of the trailer space. While LTL offers many advantages, including cost savings and environmental friendliness, it can also come with more complexity than you may have encountered during individual parcel shipping.
Knowing what to expect during the shipping process is the best way to make sure the intricacies of LTL freight don’t slow your freight down. Follow the four steps outlined in the video below to help prepare for the smooth transfer of your LTL shipment during pickup.
Streamline your LTL shipping pickup
Though LTL shipping requires some additional planning and preparation, once you’ve done the legwork your pickup should be relatively quick and easy. Here are the steps to follow for a seamless LTL pickup:
1. Expect the carrier you booked
Remember that the freight carrier you selected during the booking process—not Freightquote—will be moving your shipment. Have the carrier’s information on hand so you know who will pick up your freight.
2. Give the bill of lading to your driver
Once you give the bill of lading to your driver, expect to load your own freight. Your driver will not be able to offer help with this step, which is why communicating your needs during the booking process—like whether you require a lift gate—is critically important.
3. Contact Freightquote with changes
Found that you need to make a change to your shipment after you’ve already booked? Contact Freightquote customer support to make that adjustment. We are here to answer any questions you may have and to make changes, if needed.
4. Track your shipment
Keeping tabs on your shipment’s progress from pick-up to drop-off at its final destination gives you peace of mind you need. You are able to track your shipment from pickup to delivery on the Freightquote website. Remember, the status of your shipment will not update until the truck arrives at the terminal.
LTL shipping made simple
Following these four steps makes it simple to smoothly transfer your less than truckload (LTL) freight to the carrier at pickup and monitor its progress until it reaches its destination.
Want to learn more about LTL shipping? Check out our other videos and blogs for more on this as well as other topics to help with reliable small business shipping. And when you’re ready to ship, Freightquote is here with tips and information about how you can get accurate quotes, seamless shipments, and real-time updates about your freight. Start your online quote today, and see how simple shipping can be.
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