What type of freight shipping is best for me?
This may be a question you have asked yourself more than once. While LTL is the most popular form of shipping, if you are shipping cargo weighing 5,000 pounds or more you really should compare the benefits and costs of both Full Truckload and LTL shipping.
The most common equipment used for shipping freight are dry vans. Full Truckload freight shipping makes use of a variety of equipment, including:
- Dry vans
- Refrigerated vans
- Flatbed trucks
- Step decks
- Removable gooseneck
Four significant advantages of Full Truckload freight shipping:
- Negotiable Rates. The rates quoted by carriers for LTL shipments are not negotiable. You have your choice of carriers, but your 3PL (freight broker) doesn’t have the opportunity to negotiate the already-discounted rate.
- With Full Truckload, the rates are set in real time by what the market will bear. Your 3PL has more opportunity to negotiate a better rate for you. A carrier might be willing to negotiate their rate because they need a backhaul load for their return trip. Or, they might consider the city where your load is going to be a preferred destination. For whatever reason, you save money.
- Time Savings. Full Truckload can shave two days off your transit time by eliminating the extra handling that is involved with LTL shipments which involve at least three trucks and two freight terminals.
- Full Truckload shipments are picked up and delivered by the same truck with no extra stops between the pickup and delivery locations. There is no other cargo to pick up, no terminal to go to and no need to transfer the shipment to a delivery vehicle.
- If your shipment is time sensitive, Full Truckload is often your best option.
- Fewer Hassles. Less than truckload shipping revolves around accuracy. Every shipping unit (pallet, crate, etc.) must be accurately weighed and measured. Knowing the freight class and density of your shipment along with the requirement of certain accessorials and options like liftgates and oversized freight can make LTL shipping more cumbersome.
- Booking a Full Truckload shipment, you pay for exclusive use of the vehicle and driver, not the details of the shipment which determine LTL rates.
- Reduced Risks. When your shipment has the entire truck to itself, you don’t have to worry about another shipper’s cargo damaging yours. Or vice versa where another shipper may blame you for damage to their shipment.
- While cargo insurance is still advisable in case of an unavoidable circumstance caused by weather, accident or unforeseen delay, Full Truckload gives you at least one less headache to worry about.
Shipments over 5,000 pounds
Full Truckload may not be for every shipment, but it’s worth looking into whenever your shipment weighs more than 5,000 pounds.
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