When it comes to logistics and shipping, some of the terms that you come across may seem a little confusing. Two common terms used in the industry are “full truck load” or FTL and “less than truck load” or LTL.
Full Truck Load
As its name suggests, the FTL I the shipment of the quantity of freight that it takes to completely fill a semi-trailer or intermodal container. Unlike the LTL, the FTL goes to any specific destination without making additional pick-ups along the way. The advantages of this are that your shipment gets delivered faster and is never handled en route. Truckload carriers will often specialize in a specific type of freight, such as hazardous materials, food and perishable items or machinery.
Less than Truck Load
Most LTL loads are comprised of around 100 and 10,000lbs per load. Although this may seem like a heavy weight, the freight is laid out on the truck to optimize the space and ensure a full load by combining more than one shipment. An LTL load may take longer than an FTL because they often have more pick up locations or destinations to accommodate the accumulative shipments they are carrying. Further delays can be caused by the redistribution of the shipment as they are en route to their final destination.
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