Benefits Of Using LTL Freight Shipping


  • Author Jesse Higginbotham
  • Published August 30, 2022
  • Word count 872

When you need to move large quantities of cargo, whether it’s just across town or across the country, you can rely on less than truckload (LTL) freight shipping. This type of shipping is ideal for moving large volumes of merchandise in a cost-effective way. LTL freight brokers have access to numerous resources that allow them to negotiate special rates with carriers and provide customers with competitive pricing options. Here are some reasons why you should consider using an LTL freight broker:

  1. You don't need to wheel in your heavy cargo.

If you have large items that weigh more than 1,000 pounds and/or are too big to fit in your vehicle, you will need to hire a moving company. These companies can be expensive and require time-consuming scheduling. Instead of having to do all this, many people choose LTL freight shipping instead because it is easy, cost-effective, and efficient.

When you use LTL freight shipping services for big shipments like these:

-You don’t have to worry about loading your items onto the truck yourself;

-You can ship heavy cargo without moving it yourself;

-Your shipment will arrive at its destination on time and in good condition

  1. Your cargo is insured.

Insurance is available for your cargo and the cost is included in the freight rates. The following types of insurance are available:

Cargo liability insurance (applies to damage or loss)

Cargo transit coverage (applies to damage during transit)

If you make a claim, it takes 2-3 days to process and 10-15 days after processing to receive payment. If you don’t call within 30 days of receiving payment, then it will be forfeited. You can claim up to $100 per pound or $2,000 per shipment (whichever is less).

  1. You can save money when you bundle your shipments.

Consider this scenario: You’re planning on shipping several pallets of goods to your customer in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The shipping company you choose offers LTL freight rates for each pallet separately, but you can also save money by bundling all the pallets together into one shipment. You may have heard that bundling your shipments is a great way to save money on shipping costs, but what does it really mean?

Bundling is simply the process of grouping multiple items together into one larger shipment or package. In addition to saving money, bundling has other benefits as well. It reduces handling time for each individual item and increases efficiency overall because everything arrives at once instead of coming in bits and pieces over time (which allows more opportunities for damage). Additionally, when more than one item gets shipped at once there’s less space needed per unit so the overall cost per cubic foot drops considerably!

  1. LTL carriers use passive cooling on their trailers.

LTL carriers use passive cooling on their trailers. Passive cooling means that the trailer's temperature is controlled by the environment around it and not by an active system like a refrigeration unit. This form of refrigeration is less expensive to run, more environmentally friendly, and safer than active systems such as air conditioning or water cooling. They're also more reliable because they don't require much maintenance.

  1. LTL shipping is a reliable way to move cargo over long distances.

LTL freight shipping is a reliable way to move cargo over long distances. This is because the load will be divided up between multiple trucks, which means that if one truck breaks down or gets lost, there are still other trucks on the road with your cargo. It's also cost-effective because it can be more affordable than shipping via full truckload (FTL) freight.

  1. Less than truckload freight brokers have access to the best shipping rates.

LTL freight brokers have access to the best rates because they work with multiple carriers. Carriers can make adjustments to their rates depending on the size of a shipment, its weight, the distance it's being shipped, and the mode of transportation. Because LTL freight brokers work with several carriers, they are able to use this knowledge to negotiate better shipping rates.

  1. With LTL brokers, you have options for non-standard shipments.

As a shipper, you have the option of shipping your non-standard freight with multiple carriers. This means that you can choose the best carrier for each leg of your shipment and ensure that it is delivered on time and in good condition.

Some of these options include:

-Shipping by air

-Shipping by sea, rail, or truck

-Shipping via courier services or boat(s)

-Shipping in a container (TLV) or palletized (TLA)

A good logistics company is one that understands how different modes of transportation work, what the market looks like for each mode, and which types of freight move through the system at any given time. This type of knowledge is not common among small businesses, but it’s essential if you want to save time and money on your next shipment.


Less than truckload freight shipping can be a great option for businesses who want to save money on shipping costs while still ensuring that their products are delivered on time. If you're looking for the best rates, check out Driveline Freight Management. Driveline Freight Management, LLC is a supply chain consulting company based in Jacksonville, FL

Driveline Freight Management, LLC is a third-party logistics provider and supply chain consulting company based in Jacksonville, FL. We were founded in 2021 by two like-minded employees in a small office in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, with a goal not just to be another transportation provider, but to become a true supply chain, and freight management team that companies rely on for all Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) needs.

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