Do More with Affordable Less than Truckload (LTL) Shipping
If your freight is small or doesn’t fill an entire trailer, less than truckload (LTL) shipping offers a convenient and cost-effective transportation solution, combining 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 transport speed or quality.
What is LTL shipping?
Less than truckload freight shipping (LTL) is used for the transportation of small freight or when freight doesn’t require the use of an entire trailer (versus full truckload shipping, or FTL shipping, when an entire trailer is required for one client’s shipment).
When shipping LTL freight, the shipper 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 (LTL) the right choice for me?
When your cargo weighs between 150 and 15,000 pounds, AIT recommends LTL shipping to maximize cost savings.
What are the advantages of LTL shipping?
There are several benefits, including reduced costs, enhanced physical security and project management (including potential online tracking), as well as options for value-added services (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.
When should I use parcel instead?
If you are shipping over 150 pounds, AIT recommends LTL shipping for more competitive rates and the benefit of expert advice.
What support does AIT provide for LTL freight?
Our LTL freight clients enjoy a total logistics management solution that’s flexible and delivered with a consultative approach. And it’s all supported by cutting edge, accessible 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?
- Convenient online scheduling, tracking, quotes, reporting and more
- Competitive rates
- Frequent, transparent communication
- Decades of experience
- Dedicated, 24/7 support
- Multi-vertical experience
- Diverse, strategic carrier network
- Vast, North American coverage
Enjoy access to value-added services
AIT is proud to support our FTL customers throughout the entire shipping process, with additional offerings such as:
- Non-commercial, residential and lift gate services
- Claims management support
- Carrier quarterly business reviews
- And more!
Optimize distribution with a strategic LTL shipping partner
Set up your LTL freight for success by partnering with a reliable, experienced logistics provider. An effective 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.
Work with AIT to benefit from our decades of expertise, wide-ranging geographic coverage and complete shipment visibility at each stage of transportation. Contact a representative to get started on your less than truckload shipment today.