Less-than truckload shipping or less than load (LTL) is the means of transport that ships a relatively small amount of goods. Parcel carriers and full truckload carriers are the alternatives to LTL carriers. These carriers come in small bulk and packages that can be divided into units less than 150 pounds.
- One of the advantages of LTL is that it can be less costly. It has been known as an ideal choice for freights that weigh more than 150 pounds and do not require a full truckload. With an LTL shipping process, shipments from different clients are accommodated in one truck. This means that clients will have to pay only for the weight of their goods and the space used, not the entire truck. Compared to parcels, LTL is more economical because it does not handle multiple small packages.
- Less-than truckload shipping also helps in reducing emissions. More and more companies such as Titan Transline are finding ways to somehow reduce their carbon footprint. Through LTL shipping, trucks on the road decrease since it accommodates a number of goods from different companies. As a result, carbon emissions are lessened.
- LTL shipping has good security. Since LTL freight is placed onto pallets or crates, the shipments are protected from wear and tear. Take note that some shipments may be worn out from handling different goods which can put them at risk before even reaching the destination.
- LTL has other services to choose from. They have service options that are not offered by other shipping means. Examples of these services are lift gate, freeze protection, and prior to delivery notifications. It also includes inside pick-up and delivery, special handling, and others.
- It is also easier to track. Goods that are shipped through LTL can be tracked easily at Tristan Transline or your chosen trucking company. This means it will be much simpler to plan for receipt of shipments and manufacturing workflows. Inventory levels will also be improved. You can track the movement of transport through a bill of lading number, pro number, and PO number. You can also use shipment reference number or pick-up date range.