What’s the Difference Between LTL & FTL?

What is Domestic Transportation?

Domestic transport encompasses any form of logistics shipping within the contingent 48 states, Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. There are several subcategories and services under the domestic transportation realm, as it is a complicated process and each client has different needs. In order to offer the most for customers, is crucial to offer a wide-range of domestic transport services including cross dock, expedite via straight truck, domestic air freight, intermodal and domestic courier.

What is LTL Transport?

LTL transport services include the shipping of smaller-scale freight that does not require an entire truckload to ship. Most shipments that weigh between 150 and 15,000 pounds will qualify for LTL. Because LTL shipments only take up part of a truck, they tend to be more cost-effective than FTL shipments and will be priced based on the size, shape, weight, mode, and location of the shipment.

What is FTL Transport?

FTL or full truckload transport is the type of freight that requires an entire truck to be filled, dedicating one truck to one shipment. If opting for FTL transport, you will have many more options and flexibility in the shipment because you will be the only client. FTL transports tend to be faster than LTL because there is far less coordination and movement needed. Without needing to coordinate with other shipments, details such as weight and size dimensions can be much more fluid with an FTL transportation. 

LTL or FTL, Which is Best for Me?

It’s tough to know which transportation type is best for you. If you have smaller, less time-sensitive cargo, LTL may be your best option. Larger shipments requiring both more space and close management are often better off in a FTL transport. Working alongside an experienced logistics company, you’ll figure out what the best option is for you and your individual needs. If you’re in need of domestic transport services, contact us for a free quote and find out whether LTL or FTL is best for you!

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