Full Truckload vs. Less-than-truckload Shipping
Understanding the differences between full truckload shipping and less-than-truckload shipping is important for businesses looking to improve their bottom line. Knowing when to use each type of shipping method is beneficial for both cost savings and improved shipping efficiencies. At C&D Logistics, we will match your business’s freight needs with a certified logistics partner in our network. Whether your business is in need of expedited transit times or cost-effective shipping solutions, our logistics network can accommodate it all.
What is the difference between truckload and less-than-truckload shipping?
Simply put, full truckload shipping is primarily used when companies have enough goods to fill an entire truck whereas less-than-truckload shipping is used when companies do not have enough items to fill a truck. There are some exceptions to this. Larger companies will sometimes prefer to use a dedicated truck even though they may not have enough items to fill it. With dedicated trucks, the shipped items remain in the truck from the point of origin to the point of destination which is beneficial for both security and safety measures. Unlike full truckload shipments that move goods on a dedicated truck, less-than-truckload shipments consolidate shipments from multiple companies.
When should less-than-truckload shipping be used?
Less-than-truckload shipping is ideal for smaller businesses that are not shipping enough items to fill an entire truckload. By using a partner network, goods can be consolidated with shipments from other companies to reduce overall costs. Although less-than-truckload shipping is not as fast as full truckload shipping, the cost savings usually outweigh the expedited transit times.
When should full truckload shipping be used?
Companies should use full truckload shipping when the shipment is large enough to fill the entire truck or when the cost of the items being shipped is far greater than the cost of using a dedicated truck. Full truckload shipping is usually faster and should be used for companies that require expedited shipping or are under strict time constraints. In addition to full truck truckload shipping being significantly faster, there is also less risk involved when using a dedicated shipment truck.
If you have any questions about the differences between full truckload and less-than-truckload shipping, please contact the logistics professionals at C&D Logistics. Call us at 604-881-4440 or fill out a form on our website for a free shipping quote. We recently expanded our team so that we are now able to provide clients with international shipping solutions that include global supply chain management, ocean freight services, air freight services and project cargo. Stay up-to-date with the latest shipping and logistics news by following us on Facebook and Instagram.