What is an LTL common carrier?

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LTL common carrier definition.

An LTL common carrier consolidates and deconsolidates freight for multiple companies or brands while offering a set route and rate. They are often motor carriers, trucking companies or freight service providers that operate on a similar schedule with a strict set of guidelines. 

Common carriers will make multiple stops on their journey, and the shipments might be picked up and dropped off at the final destination by different drivers on their route. Common carriers can serve both commercial and residential shippers.


 How does common carrier shipping work?

LTL common carriers provide freight transportation services to the public and businesses in return for compensation. At any given time, they will be transporting cargo from a variety of locations that all have different destinations. 

If an issue were to arise - whether that be during pickup, in transit or at drop-off - the shipper or consignee will receive a tender code. These codes are sent by the LTL common carrier to signal a potential delay.


Preparing your freight for an LTL common carrier.

LTL shipping naturally lends itself to special packaging, multiple stops and other added services. As a result, there can be specific fees associated with using a common carrier. A common carrier may need to remeasure and reweigh your freight in order to ensure everything will fit properly. It is best to ensure the dimensions of your freight are completely accurate to avoid the added time and money it takes for this to happen.

Also, be aware of any specialized services that your freight may require. Common carriers are dealing with many shipments, not just yours. Any added time needed to handle your freight could result in an added fee.


How Freightquote by C.H. Robinson can help you find an LTL common carrier.

Here at Freightquote by C.H. Robinson, we are ready to support your common carrier shipping strategy with confidence and an array of online self-service tools. This journey begins with finding the right LTL common carrier for your business. In addition to shipping LTL, some common carrier services include:

  • Crate and/or pallet shipping
  • Refrigerated shipping
  • Flatbed hauling
  • Dry van shipping
  • Expedited shipments
  • Domesticated shipments

After you have selected an LTL common carrier, we will work with you to deliver everything you need to ship your freight efficiently. Reach out today to learn more about how you can get started.


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