LTL carriers ship cargo from different customers on the same truck going to the same place. Less than truckload (LTL) shipping is an affordable way to ship pallets and crates both regionally and nationally.
uShip is an online platform that connects you with professional LTL carriers. We create and maintain lasting relationships with some of the best freight carriers in the industry. By doing this, we are able to offer you deeply discounted rates.
When you use uShip to ship your freight you can expect instant quotes from the following top LTL carriers:
- UPS Freight
- Forward Air
- YRC Freight
- RL Carriers
- Central Transport LTL
- Roadrunner Transportation
- FedEx Freight
- Old Dominion Freight Lines
- Southeastern Freight Lines
- Pitt Ohio Express
- Averitt Express
How to Choose LTL Carriers
In a perfect world, every single carrier would be prompt, professional, and careful. However, not all LTL carriers are the same. They each offer different service levels to meet your specific needs. Some carriers focus on customer service and low damage rates, while others focus strictly on price. Important factors to consider when choosing freight companies are:
- Type of freight: The type of commodity you are shipping is important to consider. Some LTL carriers provide a better service for specific types of freight. For example, you would want to choose a carrier with a low damage rate for antique furniture shipping.
- Packaging: Your freight will be frequently shifting around during transport. You will want to package your freight accordingly.
- Location: Some LTL carriers will not service certain location types such as trade shows, auctions, or military locations.
- Time: If you need your shipment to arrive within a certain time-frame, be sure to select a carrier with a good on-time track record. Additionally, you can select a carrier that offers guaranteed rates.
- Distance: How far will your freight need to travel? This will help determine if you need a regional or national freight company.
- Tracking: If you are shipping freight to a customer, you will want an LTL freight company that offers detailed tracking.
- Volume: If you are shipping multiple pallets, some LTL carriers offer volume discounts.
If you are not sure which less-than-truckload carrier is best for your needs, feel free to contact us. We have experienced freight experts waiting to answer all of your questions.