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Less Than Truckload (LTL) Freight

You will see the term ‘LTL’, referring to ‘Less Than Truckload’, this means any delivery which is too big for a regular postal service to carry, e.g. Royal Mail. Here at uShip, we are able to carry these deliveries for you, via our range of delivery companies on offer. We can help you find the best company for your needs and your budget, as well as the coming to the best route for freight transport. In addition, we’re on hand to help you with any questions or queries you might have.

Our unique marketplace helps you find the best pallet freight option for your needs and your price range. All you need to do is give as much information as possible on your listing and after that, various pallet delivery companies will contact you with quotations. You can then choose to go with one of these companies, if you’re happy with everything they suggest, or you can decide to take your needs to an auction. This will allow you to receive quotations from specialists in LTL, giving you a bespoke service at a lower price. Your delivery is then moved via a hub, being moved from vehicles to various freight delivery centres, until it finally arrives at your intended delivery address.

How to Transport LTL Freight

Have your LTL freight delivered in just three easy steps!

1 | Create Your Listing

The first thing to consider is how much time you have, and how long you’re willing to wait for delivery. Deliveries of this type are usually under the palletised delivery category, which means they are put onto pallets and then transferred and transported via a specific pallet courier. In order to find the best UK pallet delivery service for your needs, you need to give the company you’re using as much information as possible. This includes what the items you’re transporting are, whether they’re new or used, whether they’re for commercial use, and the size and weight. On the whole, a standard sized pallet measures 40x48”. You also need to decide whether your particular delivery will need a lift gate when it is being collected from your original address. It is important to give as much information as possible, including any possible obstructions or restrictions, such as whether collection is within an area of residential addresses.

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2 | Choose the Best LTL Freight Company

Once you have created your listing, you will be able to peruse the standard LTL rates from our various transportation carriers. You can then decide to go with one of these options, if it suits your needs, and contact the company for further information, or you can go to auction. It’s worth noting that the rates you will see first are not available for all LTL delivery shipments. If you go to auction, you will then begin to receive quotations from many different companies, all vying for your custom. You can then connect with the ones you want to short list, and ask any questions direction. You can also check each company’s profile on the uShip website, for further information.

You can check UK pallet delivery reviews for each of the companies we work with on their individual profile pages. This will show you their history record, any safety information, as well a testimonials from other previous customers. This gives you more background information, and helps you make a decision you’re totally comfortable with. Many carriers will also show photographs of the types of equipment they use, as well as proof of licences and certificates they hold.

3 | LTL Freight Transportation & Delivery

Upon making your final selection, you can then directly contact the shipping company you’re happy with and ask any final questions. You should then remember to give any details of third parties involved in your delivery, including contact details, so everything runs much smoother as. result. Remember to get a copy of the bill of lading for yourself, and have your payment ready at the specified time. This will help the whole arrangement run without any unforeseen hitches. However, if you experience any problems, you can contact us at any time.

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How Much Does it Cost to Transport LTL Freight?

If you’re wondering how much pallets cost in the UK, the answer is that they vary. This depends on many different items, such as the freight category and class, the route taken, the distance, and the density of the shipment. It can also come down to how you package up the items themselves! It’s worth pointing out that shipping items via LTL freight does work out less expensive than if you went with a regular parcel delivery service. There are many cheap pallet delivery UK options to peruse.

You can check the average costs of pallet shipping and pallet haulage on our groupage costings page. This will help you see average costs of pallet delivery jobs which are similar to yours, as well as a general overview of how the whole system works.

Handling and Preparation

The downside with pallet delivery in the UK and generally is that these types of shipments are open to damage, because of their size and the distance to be travelled. For that reason, if what you are transporting is commercial in nature, it is a good idea to put it together into one larger shipment, via pallets. This will reduce the numbers of packages you are dealing with, and therefore cuts down on the chances of any damage or problems.

You are packing up a equipment which is part of a boat or automobile? If so, you should crate it fully. This will cut down on the chances of your particular carrier refusing to carry it. It’s also important to check that whatever you’re shipping doesn’t hang over any of the edges of the separate pallets, to cut down on the chances of damage in transit. Everything should be tied down and secured, and bubble wrap or shrink wrapping is a good choice.

Timeline for Freight Delivery

It’s worth knowing that your shipment may be transferred a few different times from hub to hub before it arrives at your final destination. This means that the timescales could be a little longer than if you were using a regular freight service. LTL companies should be able to give you a general idea of how long your shipment should take. This is useful if you are shipping a pallet to the USA or international, for instance.

Ask Yourself before Choosing a LTL Freight Carrier

  • How much does my pallet shipment weight? Is it under 10,000lb?
  • Will someone be available to load the pallet and unload it at the other side?
  • Am I able to palletise my load, or consolidate it into less?
  • Do I mind if my shipment shares a trailer with someone else’s delivery?
  • Am I clear on the length of time an LTL delivery can take?

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