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How do I choose a carrier?
A business owner needs to understand how important it is to select the right carrier to transport his goods. A shipment which is not dealt with correctly can lead to damage, lost goods or in general, delays.
On this page, we discuss the roles of LTL, PTL and FTL freight carriers. In addition, we discribe how to choose any based on your transport needs, budget and time.
What can I ship using LTL?
LTL stands for less than truckload. This means the shipment that gets loaded into the truck does not take up the entire space within the truck. This type of freight shipping combines different shipments from multiple customers stopping at various destinations.
LTL shipments can weigh from 65kg to approx. 9,000kg. If your shipment takes up two-thirds of the space in the truck, then you pay the LTL carrier only for that empty capacity.
- You cover the costs only for the space you use and not for the entire truck
- Recommended if you don’t plan to ship goods in large quantities
- LTL shipping require several stops, thus taking longer to reach the destination
- Great choice for smaller companies
What can I ship using PTL?
PTL stands for partial truckload. It can be considered an option under very specific circumstances. For instance, if a shipper needs significant space inside the truck but without filling it entirely, PTL becomes a suitable option.
Finding a PTL carrier is ideal if you require more volume than you would normally need for LTL shipping but still not enough for a full truckload. PTL freight companies use the same truck for the pick-up and the delivery of the shipment, thus making the transportation faster than LTL shipping.
- Shipments are being picked-up and delivered by the same truck
- No need to declare the class of your shipment
- Not all shipping companies offer partial truckload services
- Suitable for small-medium businesses
What can I ship using FTL?
FTL stands for full truckload. Ship with FTL carriers if you have more than ten pallets of shipments. The shipment stays in the same truck from pick-up to delivery.
FTL is the most efficient method of transportation, especially for companies that need to transport goods in large quantities. The transit time is less, as there are no unloading stops except for the delivery point.
- Preferable for shipments that require fast transportation
- The best option for large shipments and fragile goods
- Aimed mainly at established companies with a big shipping budget
- Companies transporting goods in large quantities
Can I negotiate rates with all freight companies?
Freight carriers request different prices for the same transport. Pricing can vary greatly from one carrier to another. Also, it depends on the nature of your shipment, distance and transport conditions. Even the carrier who has already formed solid and trustworthy relationships with their clients renegotiates prices once in a while.
To avoid spending more or wasting time negotiating, you should use a digital freight platform like Saloodo!. With the platform, you are already connected with verified freight companies.
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What else should I take into consideration?
Other questions to consider when it comes to freight shipping are:
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