At FreightorGator, we’re always looking to continue to change the way you ship. It’s how we’ve become the simplest way to book LTL shipping, and that innovation has allowed us to work closely with carriers to get you direct pricing, without the middleman. Now, we’re excited to add another innovative tool that will remove yet another headache for shippers: The Linear Footage Calculator.
Some shipping carriers add fees or extra charges if your shipment occupies space in a way that makes it difficult for them to fill the remainder of the trailers. The FreightorGator Linear Footage Calculator is a tool that allows you to calculate just how much space your LTL shipment will occupy on the truck and visualize it in an easy-to-understand grid. Now it is easier than ever to avoid costly fees!
What Is The Linear Foot Rule?
LTL shipping is a great option for shippers looking to transport a load too large for general parcel shipping, but too small to book a full truckload. Essentially, the shipping carriers treat your shipment like a Tetris piece. They find the trucks going from your origin to your destination and try to fit your shipment in, hopefully using all of the available truck space perfectly along the way.
But not every piece fits perfectly. Unlike Tetris, LTL shipments aren’t always perfectly stackable and may require strange orientations to fit into trucks. In these cases, the carriers’ resources are not used as efficiently as possible, because some normally usable space inside a truck may become unusable. They created the Linear Foot Rule to counter and minimize these occurrences.
The linear foot rule essentially states that LTL shipments over a pre-determined size, shape, and weight parameters are subject to additional costs. While the parameters may change from carrier to carrier, this rule is used almost universally by LTL carriers.
How to Avoid the Linear Foot Rule
Unfortunately, shippers all-too-often run afoul of the linear foot rule without even knowing it. It’s difficult for even the carriers to explain or predict when the linear foot rule will be implemented, meaning that it will usually just show up on a shipper’s invoice, some time after the shipment was made and even longer after it was booked. Many businesses plan for the linear foot charges in their budgets, but wouldn’t it be better to know for sure before you book your shipment if you are subject to extra charges?
The FreightorGator Linear Foot Calculator tool is exactly what shippers need. It not only calculates the linear feet of trailer-space needed to move your shipment, but it is also the first tool of it’s kind to show you a visual representation of what your shipment will look like in the truck from the top-down.
No more nasty surprises – just the way we like it.
Using The Linear Footage Calculator
The FreightorGator Linear Footage Calculator tool is incredibly easy-to-use.
- Go to https://freightorgator.com/ltl-freight-linear-footage-calculator/
- Enter in the length, width, height and quantity of each of your pallets or items.
- Are these items stackable? If so, check the box marked “Stackable?”
- Are your items light and small enough to be turned to the orientation that best fits in the truck? If so, check the box marked “Turnable?”
- Click “Continue.”
- That’s it! The tool will automatically calculate the linear feet of all of your possible orientations. Now you’ll be informed when comparing and booking your LTL shipments.
Of course, don’t forget to book your shipment with FreightorGator. Not only will you have the tools to avoid a linear foot rule charge, you’ll say “Later, Gator!” to the middleman and overhead charges.