What is LTL (Less-than-a-truckload)
Less-than-truckload shipping or less than load (LTL) is the transportation of an amount of freight sized between individual parcels and full truckloads. Parcel carriers handle small packages and freight that can be broken down into units less than approximately 150 pounds (68 kg). Full truckload carriers move entire semi-trailers. Semi-trailers are typically between 26 and 53 feet (7.92 and 16.15 m) and require a substantial amount of freight to make such transportation economical.The term LT can refer to the freight itself, or to the carrier that transports such freight.
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What is PTL (Partial Truckload)
Partial truckload (PTL) shipping is classified as shipments that range from 5 pallets up to 20 pallets, with no more than 30,000 lbs. But that doesn’t mean that the trailer is solely devoted to your freight; as some other products from other companies can be picked up by the carrier to fill the remaining space on the trailer.
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What is FTL (Full Truckload)
Truckload shipping is the movement of large amounts of homogeneous cargo, generally the amount necessary to fill an entire semi-trailer or intermodal container. A truckload carrier is a trucking company that generally contracts an entire trailer-load to a single customer. This is as opposed to a less-than truckload (LTL) company that generally mixes freight from several customers in each trailer. One advantage Full Truckload (FTL) carriers have over Less-than-Truckload carriers is that the freight is never handled en route, whereas an LTL shipment will typically be transported on several different trailers. Truckload shipments are typically run on 48′ or 53’dry van trailers which will hold 24 or 26 pallets respectively.