Less Than Truckload (LTL) Freight Shipping
LTL stands for "Less Than Truckload" and describes freight shipments that are too big for parcel carriers like the US Postal Service. uShip is here to help you get what you want: the best freight shipping company at the best rate. We’ll help you figure out how to ship freight, help you get the best LTL shipping rates, and give you some tips along the way. You can always contact us directly and we will follow up with you directly.
uShip’s marketplace makes it easy to find the best shipping options for your needs and your budget. Create a shipment listing with your needs and be as detailed as possible. After your listing is complete, you’ll receive a few direct quotes. You can accept one of those rates or you can take your freight shipment to auction. There, you’ll get quotes from LTL transport specialists as they bid for your business. Your LTL freight carrier will combine your shipment with other LTL shipments to maximize efficiency and reduce costs. The freight is then transported via a hub system, where it is transferred between trucks and freight centers until it reaches its ultimate destination.
How Much Does it Cost to Ship LTL Freight?
Freight pricing is based on many factors, such as: the shipment's freight class, density, route, and even how the items are packaged. The cost of LTL freight shipping is considerably cheaper than shipping big items via a parcel carrier.
For an inside look at what it costs to ship LTL freight, visit our cost to ship LTL freight tool. There, you will be able to view LTL freight shipping transactions completed through uShip. This should give you a better idea of what your shipment may cost and some insight to how we work.
Handling and Preparation
LTL freight is more susceptible to damage, since it is handled and transferred repeatedly. If you are shipping your commercial goods as LTL freight, it should be consolidated into one large, palletized shipment. Minimizing the number of individual packages reduces handling time and decreases the likelihood of damage.
If you're shipping a piece of machinery or an auto or boat part, you should fully crate it. Some LTL carriers won't pick up items such as transmissions or motors if they aren't crated. If you're shipping other commercial goods, avoid damage by making sure it doesn't hang over the sides of the pallet. Make sure it's firmly secured to the pallet. We highly recommend using shrink wrap.
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