LTL Shipments for Beginners

The term LTL stands for “less than a truck load.  As the name implies, LTL shipments address a serious industry need. With growing cross-border business and increased dependency on transportation among business-to-business enterprises around the globe, the need for “less than a truck load”, or LTL, is faced everywhere.

LTL is the solution to most LCL (localized container load) shipments whether inbound or outbound.  When goods or loads do not meet any standardized size of container loads, either standard or high, they become less than a container load.  LTL shipments are the most common solution to the problem. In this article, we will explain LTL shipments with examples.

LTLs generally have well-defined shipment sizes, use boxes to best utilize their load capacity, have a roaming charter within a particular city and across the country, have well-detailed terminal destinations for pickup and drop-off service of parcels or shipments, and dedicated professionalism. 

LTLs are crucial for any logistics company. It is commonly known that companies that offer these services offer quicker delivery lead-time when compared to any other logistics services. It is for this reason that their operational control is strong.  LTL shipments resolve the freight issues of different sizes of businesses for different products to different destinations. They also make it possible for businesses to grow, for individuals to share gifts with others and even for people to move their furniture from one place to another.