Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between truckload and less-than-truckload?
When the transport of freight doesn’t require the entire space of a truck, it’s known as less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping, whereas full truckload (FTL) shipments max out the space or weight limit of an entire trailer. Many times, a company won’t wait until a wholesaler is running low on product inventory to ship a full truckload of replenished goods; rather, it’s more likely they’ll opt for an LTL shipping service to mitigate the risk of lost sales from a lack of inventory.
How much is a truckload?
A truckload carries freight shipments that weigh more than 15,000 pounds, or holds more than 10 pallets worth of goods to transport — on average, the weight for a full truckload freight classification is between 42,000 and 44,000 pounds. Since FTL shipments normally travel on one truck with one destination, transit times are often faster than less-than-truckload services.
Who is the best LTL carrier?
While discussing the best LTL carrier is a bit subjective, there are certain carriers that objectively stand out among the rest. Some of today’s top LTL freight companies include XPO, Old Dominion, R+L Carriers, FedEx Freight, UPS Freight, and Southeastern Freight Lines. Since each shipping option will have its own appeal and advantages, it’s best to compare freight quotes or pricing prior to booking with any one company.