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LTL Freight - Understanding the Ins and Outs

LTL Freight - Understanding the Ins and Outs

What are my Options?

Here in the U.S., you have a few options when it comes to shipping your goods. LTL Freight shipping, FTL Freight shipping, or maybe even Parcel Freight. FTL Freight is a full trailer. If you can fill a full trailer, this is your best option.


But...what if you can’t? If you have found yourself in that scenario, hopefully, this information will be of some help to you. If FTL shipping isn’t a good option for you, you will find that your cargo will fit in either LTL Freight or in Parcel Freight. Usually, if you are just shy of a full truckload, you will do better with LTL.

Parcel Freight is usually classified by weight less than 150 pounds and can be maneuvered by a single person. All of these have their benefits, but helping you to understand the difference, and what will work best for your business’s needs, is our goal. However, in this article we will be focusing on LTL Freight, and why it may be the best option for your freight.

What is LTL Freight?

What is LTL FreightLTL simply means Less Than Truckload. If it is not a Full Truck Load, it can be classified as LTL Freight. Generally, LTL shipping is ideal for a business with freight under 15,000 pounds, and a shipment or business that does not require a full trailer load. LTL Freight can range from a single pallet, all the way to almost a full truckload. When shipping LTL Freight, you will be paying for a portion of the trailer, instead of a full trailer load.

How does LTL Freight benefit me?
How does LTL Freight benefit meYou save money

No matter your business, or what you are shipping, there is one thing we ALL have in common. We ALL want to save money. Shipping LTL Freight can almost always save your bottom line. In most cases, you will find that you will save money because you are sharing trailer space with another shipper. This process of sharing a trailer is sometimes called pooling.

Added protection

LTL Freight protected boxesHere at American Manufacturing Solutions, we take great pride in ALL of our shipments, but, in a sense, your packages will be more secure. Here’s why...almost certainly your package will be loaded onto a pallet or into a durable crate before being loaded onto the trailer when shipped via LTL Freight. This is because of the loading and unloading of freight in a trailer. Your driver will want to be sure your freight arrives undamaged and is secure for multiple handling. (In Parcel Shipping this is usually not the norm).

Here at American Manufacturing Solutions, we do our best to customize your transport needs, while finding you the most cost-effective form of transport and shipping! Our team of experts will handle all the details, from beginning to end. Being located within 60 miles of 75/70 split gives us access to 2/3 of the U.S. within 8 hours. This helps us to guarantee you a great arrival time, and that you will be highly satisfied with the experience you’ve had with American Manufacturing Solutions!

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