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What is Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) shipping?
Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) shipping is used when smaller freight does not require the use of an entire trailer. This method of shipping makes up a significant portion of B2B shipping in North America.
Shipping LTL is typically more affordable for smaller shipments because you share the transportation costs with other companies (you only pay your portion of the trailer according to the amount of product shipped and the length of travel). LTL shipments often make several stops and there are typically multiple points of consolidation and deconsolidation required to complete a single shipment. This complex process can sometimes lead to confusing invoices, missed deliveries, or miscommunication, even with the most experienced transportation logistics companies.
At Focus West Logistics, we pride ourselves in providing a convenient, accessible, and transparent platform so that you can concentrate on running your business to the best of your ability, with the confidence that we are doing the same for you.
How does Focus West Logistics provide LTL services?
Our network of reliable carriers, expertise, and use of advanced technologies work hand-in-hand to offer customers instant, competitive and transparent pricing; consistent and dependable capacity; real-time tracking updates; exceptional customer service; and a wealth of information to analyze the entire shipping process.
Our internal process leverages multiple best practices in the industry to provide clients with the best rate, including using multiple carriers, understanding tariffs, and keeping freight dimensions in mind. Our team of freight experts will gladly work with you and offer help throughout the whole process.
What are the advantages of using LTL shipping?
- Improved safety: When compared to parcel shipping, a well-packaged pallet (common for LTL shipments) has a better chance of remaining secure than freight with multiple handling units.
- Real-time tracking: The LTL carriers that we partner with offer tracking capabilities through a variety of methods (bill of lading number, PO number, date range, etc.) that can be viewed easily on our online portal.
- Cost-effective: When you book an LTL shipment, you only pay for the portion of the trailer used. The rest of the trailer’s space is occupied by other companies, which helps subsidize the cost.
When should I choose LTL shipping over other freight transportation options?
LTL shipping is ideal for businesses who have freight that does not require a full trailer. You should also consider LTL shipping when you are looking to maximize cost savings!
What are the different types of Trucking Equipment that is served with LTL shipping?
Moving an LTL shipment typically means you must share a trailer with other occupants, so there may be some constraints with the availability of trailers if you require special considerations for your freight (oversized, temperature-controlled, etc.).
For typical LTL shipments, the more widely used trailers are dry vans and flatbeds. At Focus West Logistics, we pride ourselves in being able prioritize security and price for our clients, so that we identify the best fit for all freight.
Any time your freight is less than an entire truck load, our team works with our partner network to reduce your costs by moving your freight with other consolidated freight. LTL shipments tend to have slightly longer transit times, but benefit from consolidation, by reducing the cost to you.