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How Does LTL Shipping Work?

Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) shipping is becoming a popular mode of shipping freight.

What Is LTL Shipping?

LTL shipping is a way to ship freight that doesn’t require using a full trailer to haul it. Many carriers specialize in LTL shipping now that it has grown in popularity. LTL shipping can be cost effective for many different types of businesses since shippers only have to pay for the sections of the truck they fill. LTL shipping is also efficient and flexible, which is perfect for businesses with varying levels of demand throughout the year.

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The LTL Process

LTL shipments are smaller in size and weight, allowing them to fit on the truck with other shipments. The shipments are typically sent to one central distribution center and then loaded on the truck, but they can also be picked up by the truck driver at the business location. The driver delivers all of the freight on their truck to the various destinations all over the country. Along the way the freight packages are tracked with logistics software to ensure they arrive on time at the proper location.

The LTL shipping market is estimated at about $30 billion, and continues to grow each day.

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