What is the difference between a LTL (Less Than Truckload) shipment or a Partial Truckload
How is partial truckload different from LTL? Partial truckload and LTL are similar in that both involve sharing a trailer with other freight loads. The primary difference is that partial truckloads are based exclusively on the weight and size of your shipment instead of the freight class or density. This weight-and-measurement basis enables partial truckloads to be more cost effective and often quicker than LTL shipments.
Tell us more about Partial Truckload
When you ship partial truckload, your freight may be the only load on the trailer or it could be combined with other partial truckloads to fill the trailer. The key is that your shipment meets the minimum weight or volume required for a partial truckload rate. Your freight will also travel on its own bill of lading (BOL), which further distinguishes partial truckloads from LTL shipments. As your 3PL (Third Party Logistics Provider) The Shipping Emporium has years of experience and much industry insight to make this process easy for you.
With Partial Truckload, your freight could be the only shipment on the trailer, which gives you more control over the environment in which it’s transported. In addition, since there are fewer stops along the way to your client’s final destination. This expedited shipping method can often get your product to its destination faster than LTL. LTL on the other hand is only handled by LTL Carriers, and has more limits and potential add on Charges. Ask The Shipping Emporium for a Quote specifically tailored to your needs!
However, the drawback to partial truckload is that it typically requires more lead time than LTL, as shippers must work with their logistics provider to find a trailer with available space that’s headed in the right direction. This process can be handled by The Shipping Emporium for you. We’ll work with you to find the most efficient and cost-effective shipping solution for your product.
How is LTL Shipping Different?
LTL (Less Than Truckload) shipments are typically shipments that are less than 10,000 pounds or that take up less than 10 feet of linear space on a trailer. A partial truckload shipment is a shipment that is between 10 feet and 40 feet linear space, and much less than 45,000 pounds.
Partial truckload and LTL are similar in that both involve sharing a trailer with other freight loads. The primary difference is that partial truckloads are based exclusively on the weight and size of your shipment instead of the freight class or density.