Less Than Truckload Shipping Overview: Do More with Affordable LTL Shipping

Streamline less than truckload transport with an experienced LTL freight partner

If your freight is small or doesn't fill an entire trailer, less than truckload shipping (or "LTL" shipping) offers a convenient and cost-effective transportation solution, consolidating multiple shipments onto one truck to drive down costs for each load of freight involved.

Read on to learn more about LTL shipping, what it is, if it's right for you, and how AIT's strategic LTL freight methods lower our clients' costs—without sacrificing speed or quality.

What is LTL freight?

Less than truckload freight shipping (LTL) is used for the transportation of smaller shipments or when freight doesn't require the use of an entire trailer (versus full truckload, or FTL shipping, when an entire trailer is required for one client's shipment).

When shipping LTL freight, the customer only pays for the portion of a truck trailer that their cargo occupies, while other shippers and their shipments fill the remaining space.

Is less than truckload shipping the right choice for me?

When your cargo is not urgent and weighs between 150 and 15,000 pounds, AIT recommends considering LTL shipping to maximize cost savings.

What are the advantages of LTL shipping?

There are several benefits, especially reduced costs. AIT's LTL service also offers enhanced physical security and project management (including online tracking), as well as value-added options (see the related question below).

The cost reduction, in particular, comes from the fact that when you book an LTL shipment versus a full truckload shipment, you're only paying for a portion of the trailer as opposed to the entire space.

What support does AIT provide for LTL freight?

Our LTL customers enjoy a total logistics management solution that's flexible and delivered with a consultative approach. And it's all supported by user-friendly technology.

Plus, with AIT, you benefit from our consolidated buying power made possible by regional and national pricing agreements you can only find with us.

Why choose AIT?

Enjoy access to value-added services
AIT is proud to support our LTL customers throughout the entire shipping process, with additional offerings such as:

  • Non-commercial, residential and lift gate services
  • Claims management support
  • Quarterly business reviews
  • And more!

Optimize distribution with a strategic LTL shipping partner

Set up your LTL freight for success by adding a reliable, experienced less than truckload shipping provider to your team. An effective LTL freight forwarder delivers value beyond moving goods from one point to another. With many moving parts and evolving shipping requirements, you need a logistics company that embraces a role as your trusted partner.

Choose AIT and benefit from our decades of expertise, wide-ranging geographic coverage and complete end-to-end shipment visibility. Contact a representative to get started on your less than truckload shipment today.

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