All about LTL Shipments

The alternative to FTL is LTL, or less than truckload, which is a truckload with multiple shipments from multiple shippers to multiple locations. Normally, this shipping method can be used when the freight weighs below 7,000 kg or when you to ship less than 12 pallets.

With LTL, the shipper pays for the portion of a standard truck that their freight occupies (often measured in loading meters or cubic meters). There are several advantages of shipping as an LTL.

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When is LTL shipping a good fit?

LTL freight shipping leads to lower shipping costs

The biggest advantage of LTL freight shipping is lower shipping costs. Since this shipping method is based on smaller loads from different shippers, carriers are able to reduce the overall shipping costs for everyone.

This is due to the fact that by using LTL, carriers can combine multiple smaller loads. Carriers do this by gathering the loads at a hub or driving from company to company with the same vehicle. In this way, carriers can save on fuel costs and on the number of vehicles needed to transport the loads.

Despite all this, almost 50% of carriers drive empty. This means that there is still a lot of capacity available. Cargors makes it possible to reach out to multiple carriers who are looking for new loads to fill their empty space. As a result, we are able to reduce shipping costs by up to 40%.

Reduce your CO2 emissions with LTL shipping

Combining shipments together via LTL shipping is a cost-effective option for the shipper. In addition, it’s also a more environmentally conscious way to ship. Since LTL shipments allow one truck to carry a full load, rather than multiple trucks carrying loads below their full capacity, there are fewer emissions.

LTL shipping gives you more flexibility

If you are a small to medium-sized business, your demand is most likely to fluctuate at different times. LTL offers your business the flexibility to book more pallets when you need them.

When is LTL shipping not suitable?

Transit times can be longer with LTL shipping

Transit time is longer with LTL shipments. Because there are several different shipments on one truck, the truck has to make several stops along the transit journey. This increases the total transit time. 

LTL shipping carries a higher risk of damage

LTL shipment does not always stay on the same truck throughout its shipping journey. Therefore, shipments can be more prone to damage as they are unloaded and loaded at each terminal along the way. This is why it is essential to follow recommended industry-standard guidelines for securely packaging your pallet.

How to prepare a pallet to prevent damage

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Cargors Price Insight

Our price insight calculates the ask and bid range by using actual mass data. Use this insight to make better and faster decisions. Find below some examples.

Number of palletsDistance
(100 to 200) KM
Distance
(200 to 300) KM
134 – 42 Euro47 – 57 Euro
263 – 77 Euro85 – 103 Euro
386 – 106 Euro113 – 138 Euro
4108 – 132 Euro140 – 172 Euro
5131 – 160 Euro166 – 202 Euro
6149 – 182 Euro191 – 233 Euro

Prices are for local delivery in the Netherlands

Frequently asked questions about LTL shipping

Unlike LTL freight shipping, FTL involves a full truckload. Thus, in FTL shipping, the transport vehicle is fully loaded. With FTL, there are two possible situations: your load is large enough to fill the entire vehicle, or your load is not large enough, but you still want to reserve the entire space. In both cases you pay more for FTL shipping than for LTL shipping. The big advantage is that your shipment is transported faster because the vehicle does not have to stop in different places.

When requesting transport quotes, you can indicate what equipment is needed. For example, you can choose from a pallet jack, forklift, and tailgate. All carriers will see this so they are prepared when they pick up or deliver the shipment.

To prevent damage during LTL transport, it is important that goods are properly packed and palletized. Common errors include:

1. Transport boxes are not properly filled, causing goods to be damaged.
2. Boxes are not stacked properly on the pallet, causing them to fall over.
3. Pallet not properly sealed with plastic wrap or other material causing boxes to fall over.
4. Poor quality cardboard (single corrugation) causing goods to be damaged or even to fall over completely.

These are just a few examples. Make sure your goods are properly packed.