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5 Key Benefits of LTL Shipping

Jan 11, 2018

In our last article we discussed less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping and the factors that are used to determine its rates. Now that we’ve clarified rate calculations, wouldn’t you like to know why you should select LTL shipping? Here we’re looking at the advantages of choosing this freight shipping method. Below are five key benefits of LTL and an explanation of each.

LTL benefits-fork lift loading truck.jpg 1.    Minimizes costs – LTL is a great choice for freight shipments exceeding 150 lbs and not requiring a full truckload. The lower cost is a result of the LTL shipping process, where shipments from multiple companies are combined in one truck. This allows each shipper to only pay for the weight of their freight and the space it uses in the trailer. It is also more economical than parcel since it requires less handling than multiple smaller packages of the same weight and space.

 2.    Reduces emissions – Many companies are concerned about reducing their carbon footprint. Shipping LTL increases the number of trucks filled to capacity with LTL shipments and reduces the number of partially full trucks on the road. This results in less trucks on the road overall and less carbon emissions.

 3.    Improves security and reduces risks - LTL freight is typically loaded onto pallets or into crates. This protects shipments from general wear and tear caused by handling or residual damage from contact with other freight in the same trailer. It also minimizes the chances of loss when compared to that of small package shipping.

 4.    More service options – LTL offers multiple service options that may not be available with other shipping methods. They include lift gate, notifications prior to delivery, inside pick-up and delivery, freeze protection, special handling, and more.

 5.    Easier to track – These shipments are easy to track, simplifying planning for receipt of shipments, inventory levels, and manufacturing workflows. Many carriers provide real time tracking such as in-transit shipment updates for pick-ups, stop-offs, on time or delayed status, and deliveries. Shipments are tracked by the use of bill of lading number, pro number, PO number, shipment reference number, or pick-up date range. This information helps shippers hold LTL shipping carriers accountable for guaranteed delivery dates as well as allowing you to know where your shipment is at any time.

By now you should be feeling more comfortable with less-than-truckload shipping. You have a better understanding of how LTL rates are calculated and what benefits you will receive when using this method to move your freight. Still wondering if this is the best option for your next shipment? Contact American Group for assistance with your freight shipping requirements by phone at 866-553-6608 or by email at We’re here to make Shipping.Simplified®.