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The LTL acronym stands for Less than Truckload and, as its name suggests, is a freight shipping service aimed at inland transportation of goods that will not occupy a whole trailer. Therefore, shippers only pay for the portion of the truck taken up by their cargo since the entire trailer space is shared with other shippers’ goods, a method that will no doubt reduce shipping costs.
LTL transport is suitable for ground freight shipping of small-dimension shipment. The general rule allows weight of up to 15,000 pounds and no more than a 10-pallet space, although requirements may vary from one LTL provider to the next. In addition, it should definitely be considered by shippers looking to maximize cost savings on inland transportation of their goods.
It is advisable to avoid using this kind of service for sensitive goods since there is often a risk of contamination and damage from other cargo in the same trailer. Furthermore, some goods that require special treatment will likely lead to higher costs. In addition, there are certain items that are unfortunately prohibited with LTL, such as regulated waste, precious metals, financial documents, art, live animals, explosive materials or drugs.