Less than truckload (LTL) freight
We make quoting less than truckload (LTL) freight fast and easy
How many hours do you spend comparing carriers and rates? Instead of managing freight by yourself, share the load with us. LTL shipping is ideal for businesses who have freight shipments less than 15,000 pounds. Freightquote offers real-time shipment tracking and equipment for all load sizes to help manage your business with confidence.
Benefits of booking LTL freight with Freightquote®
- Easily compare LTL shipping quotes from the nation’s best contract carriers
- Pick from options like same or next-day LTL shipping, expedited delivery and guaranteed services
- Receive solutions for your project freight
What sets our LTL services apart
Freightquote’s technology and experts work hand-in-hand to offer customers competitive quotes, create BOLs, and walk through the entire shipping process from start to finish. Freightquote uses multiple best practices to provide you with the best LTL freight rates. Our team of experienced freight experts work with you and offer assistance throughout the process.
If your freight is large or heavy, it may be cost-effective to consider volume services or partial truckload shipping.
Regardless of the service you choose, you’ll benefit from access to our shipping experts and online tools to plan, execute and track your shipping.
Carrier selection from a robust network
Freightquote works with an expansive network of proven national, regional and local metro LTL carriers across North America that are made available based on price and transit time. This allows the customer to select the carrier that’s right for their shipment.
Benefits from our LTL freight carriers
- See quotes from over a hundred LTL freight carriers in one place
- Choose which contract carrier, rate and transit time is right for you
- Fully automated execution of shipments
- Freight experts to help you every step of the way
What to consider when selecting an LTL frieght carrier
This video explains the different carrier types. No matter which carrier you choose, with our expansive network of proven contract carriers, you’ll get the quality service and competitive rates you deserve.
Special shipment needs supported
Choose from a list of options such as same or next day shipping, expedited delivery and guaranteed services. We can accommodate services beyond typical dock-to-dock transportation including; liftgates, non-commercial shipping, notification options and inside pickup and delivery. Select special services when quoting and booking your shipment.
Tracking made simple
When tracking an LTL shipment through Freightquote, enter your Freightquote BOL number. Depending on the tracking technology that carriers are using, the system will differ on how it works to receive and create updates on the status of the shipments.
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Less than truckload (LTL) shipping FAQ
How much does it cost to ship LTL freight?
LTL freight rates vary based on a number of factors including the type of freight being shipped (freight class), as well as its dimensions and the distance it will travel. LTL shipping allows multiple shippers to share space on the same truck. It is cost efficient, with multiple companies paying for their portion of trailer space.
More about freight rates
How can I ensure my LTL freight quote is accurate?
Before you request a quote, get all your information ready. Trying to estimate shipment details—like weights or locations—can cause unnecessary hassle and fees later. Start by measuring and weighing your freight, including any packaging. Then confirm pickup and delivery locations and the truck access at each. Finally, be sure the driver gets the shipment BOL right away, it has all the details they need to accurately charge you.
Watch the video below to learn how to get an accurate LTL freight quote.
How can I get an accurate weight?
No scale? Heavy or unusual sized items? No problem. There are plenty of creative ways to calculate an accurate weight. Consider weighing one item and multiply by the number of items you’re shipping. Or use websites or manuals to check out manufacturer specifications.
Watch the video below to learn creative ways to calculate freight weight.
How do I prepare my LTL shipment?
LTL shipments can be handled multiple times before reaching their final destination. It’s important to load the goods onto pallets or crates so chances of damage are minimized. In the case of loss or damaged freight, we also offer shippers interest insurance as an optional value add, just in case. To fully prepare your shipment you should be taking a close look at the dimensions, documentation, packaging and labeling, and how to properly load and unload the shipment.
Properly package your LTL freight
What are the LTL freight size limitations?
In most regions, freight loads that are wider than 8’ 6" or taller than 13’ 6" are considered oversized freight. These types of shipments will require special equipment. LTL shipments are typically shipped on pallets. Be aware of the correct pallet size needed for your shipment.
Learn more about pallet shipping