Types of Freight Shipments

Because each customer is different, there are a variety of different freight shipment options to fit a given order’s needs. Learn more about the types of freight shipments here to get an idea of which is best for you.

Less than Truckload (LTL)

LTL domestic transport is any movement of freight that requires less than a full truckload of space. This is the most common form of transport and it covers a wide range of customers’ needs. Not sure if an LTL shipment will give you enough space? Find out the differences between LTL and FTL to get a better idea of how much space you’ll have.
Highlight: LTL is usually the cheapest shipping option.

Full Truckload (FTL)

FTL shipping allows you all the space you need. With no other customers sharing the truck space, you’ll have a full truck dedicated to your freight, giving it more room to breathe and plenty of space for last minute additions.
Highlight: There are many advantages to FTL shipping including the fact that you will be the only client and therefore the absolute top priority for the freight forwarder you work with.

International Shipping

If you need to move your goods across borders, you’ll need International Shipping services. Moving freight from one country to another is a complex process but can be simplified by working with the right broker.
Highlight: By working with a logistics manager, you will have all Customs paperwork and processes done for you.

Air Freight

Air freight shipments are the best way to get your cargo where it needs to arrive in no time. Air is typically more expensive because it is much faster than other forms of transport but it is the best option for those working on a tight timeline.
Highlight: When shipping smaller packages, air freight can be more cost-effective than LTL at times because air freight usually has a higher density and packages can be tightly-packaged.

Intermodal Rail

Intermodal rail shipments are most commonly used for large orders with significant volume such as construction materials. This form of shipping can be the most cost-effective for larger shipments.
Highlight: Because this is the oldest form of shipping, there are railroad systems across much of the United States and Canada, allowing customers to ship to nearly anywhere in these two countries.


Expedited shipping is the top choice for customers who are working behind schedule and have a tight and upcoming deadline to meet. Expedited shipments aren’t limited to one type of carrier, they utilize whatever will get a shipment to its destination quickest.
Highlight: There is not one flat rate for this efficient service, you can work with your logistics manager to find a mode of transport that fits both your timeline and your budget.

Air Ride Truckload

If your shipment is particularly sensitive, air ride will likely be your best option, as it allows for a softer, less stressful transportation process . Because of it’s level of care, air ride is more expensive than a typical truck delivery.
Highlight: Air ride transports have very low rates of damage because how delicately they are packed and the softness of the vessel.

Guaranteed Delivery

Guaranteed delivery is the shipping method used by customers with tight timelines. Customers shipping commercial cargo are the most common shipment types for guaranteed delivery.
Highlight: A strict movement schedule is used to guarantee a shipment will be delivered in a specified window of time, allowing the customer the ability to distribute the goods immediately upon arrival.

Blanket Wrap

Blanket wrap is a great option for cargo that cannot be boxed or crated for protection during transport. These types of transports tend to be slower and more expensive than more standard shipments, as they require close care.
Highlight: Blanket wrap shipping is the perfect solution for bulky, oddly-shaped cargo or household goods that need closer attention.

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