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USHIP BRINGS FULL TRUCKLOAD RATES TO YOU



Full truckload shipping, known as FTL, describes a type of shipping mode that carries large shipments that occupy more than half or up to an entire truck’s capacity. This method of shipping is commonly used for large cargo, time-sensitive shipments, or those who want their shipment by itself in the trailer.

Whether you have your own containers, or you need a container to fill, going through uShip can make the whole process easy. We'll help you get quotes from qualified freight shipping companies and help you with tips and tricks along the way.

WHAT IS FTL SHIPPING



Full truckload (FTL) shipping is a cost-effective mode of shipment for full truckload shipments. Typically consisting of 10 or more pallets, shipments are usually over 15,000 lbs. and do not share truck space with other companies.

BENEFITS OF FTL SHIPPING



  • Cheaper Rates: FTL provides cost savings for large shipments over using multiple smaller shipments.
  • Less damage: FTL shipping minimizes the chance of damages occurring since shipments stay on the same truck and are not transferred during transport.
  • Fast transit times: FTL provides faster transport times as there are not multiple shipments on board or multiple stops on the route.
Three full truckload shipments in transit through desert

TYPES OF FTL SHIPPING VEHICLES



There are several transportation options available when shipping freight by full truckload.

  • Step Deck Trailer: Also known as drop decks, a step deck trailer is a variation of the flatbed trailer design that has both a bottom and top deck.
  • Dry Van Trailer: A dry van trailer is generally enclosed and used to carry freight that needs added protection.
  • Flatbed Trailer: Flatbed trailers are widely used and are extremely popular. They are very versatile and are often used to load freight on its sides, rear, or tip.
  • Refrigerated (Reefer) Trailer: This type of trailer provides a temperature control unit for your shipment. It is often used to transport frozen or chilled products.
  • Removable Gooseneck (RGN) Trailer: An RGN trailer is best used to carry long or tall freight. It comes with a detachable front, and can carry up to 150,000 lbs.

HOW TO SHIP FULL TRUCKLOAD FREIGHT



Full truckload freight shipping is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | Create Your Shipment Listing

When creating your shipment listing, consider your needs for your shipment. Think about your timeframe for pickup and delivery, and whether you'll require a container or have one yourself. Be prepared with the dimensions and weight of your freight and include as much detail as possible. Additionally, take a few high-quality photos of your shipment to add to the listing. Shipment listings with photos tend to receive more quotes.

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Freight truck driving in the mountains

2 | CHOOSE THE BEST FULL TRUCKLOAD SHIPPING SERVICE

When your shipment listing is complete, quotes from freight shipping companies will start coming in. The service providers will be competing for your business, so you know you're getting the best FTL shipping quotes available. To find out more about each company’s services and experiences with shipping freight like yours, directly ask the companies questions. You will then want to review each company by researching their carrier profiles. There, you'll find their transportation history, customer rated feedback, licensing, and insurance details.

uShip makes it easy to check freight carrier and freight broker authority, insurance, and references in the form of feedback left by prior customers. Spend some time reviewing what their customers had to say about their experience with the FTL shipping companies, so you know what to expect. Check into their cargo insurance coverage, and investigate purchasing additional cargo insurance through uShip. By talking to the companies directly, and reviewing their carrier profiles, you can feel confident you're choosing the best full truckload shipping service.

3 | FTL SHIPPING & DELIVERY

After you have chosen your FTL shipping company, contact them directly with any additional information, concerns, or questions you may have about your shipment. Communication is key to a successful shipment. Share any third-party contact information that may be useful, as well as any information you have regarding special services needed at pickup and delivery locations. Coordinate with your service provider through pickup and delivery, and contact us if you run into any issues communicating directly with your FTL transporter.

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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHIP A FULL TRUCKLOAD?



The cost to ship a full truckload depends on the size of the shipment, the distance from pick up to delivery, and any special services required for a safe shipping experience.

For a better idea of what it costs to ship a full truckload, visit our cost to ship freight page, where you can see hundreds of FTL shipments completed through the uShip marketplace and get a feel for how we work. Take a look at these tips on saving money on FTL freight transport.

CHOOSE USHIP FOR YOUR FTL NEEDS



Our marketplace is designed to help you find the best rates from the best transporters. Create your listing with as much detail as possible, and FTL shipping companies will send you freight quotes for your review. Should you need any assistance, let us know and we'll help you get back on the road to your full truckload (FTL) delivery.

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