LTL trucking has created an economical means for small businesses to ship less than a full truckload of freight at a time. Alternatives to LTL include parcel delivery, which often becomes too expensive for shippers after a threshold of 151 lbs. Then there is full truckload shipping, which is only economical if the shipper is able to fill the entire semi trailer with goods–which is often not an option for small businesses without a shipping manager.
With FreightorGator, you can find the best quotes for LTL shipping nationwide. It’s a simple and innovative way to quote and book reliable and economical LTL freight. If you’re interested in LTL shipping with FreightorGator, get a free quote today! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about choosing LTL carriers.
Shipping Freight via LTL Trucking
LTL (Less Than Truckload) freight refers to shipments of goods between 151 lbs and 10,000 lbs. These weights are uneconomical both for parcel shipment, or by full truckload shipment. As such, LTL exists as the most affordable and efficient shipment method for businesses that routinely ship several pallets of goods at a time. FreightorGator has made a difference for small business owners by giving them multiple LTL trucking options to choose from.
LTL carriers will load various shipments from different small businesses into one full semi trailer. By filling a truck with several different pieces of freight, shippers can then share the cost at a price much lower than that of parcel delivery. Some LTL trucking companies operate nationally, while others operate regionally. So, it’s generally been up to the small business decision maker to coordinate with different carriers to find the best quotes. FreightorGator, however, offers an instant quote tool that helps small businesses choose the best carrier to go with.
How are LTL Freight Rates Determined?
FreightorGator offers instant quotes for those seeking to ship LTL freight anywhere in the country. The quotes are determined by a few key factors. First, you’ll need to enter the pickup location, delivery destination, and choose the date that you’d like your freight to be picked up. This location information helps FreightorGator find the best quotes as it looks at both regional and national carriers.
The next set of information regards the freight itself. The quote tool will ask for the dimensions and weight of your desired shipment, as well as how many pallets the goods will fill. You Freight Class also contributes towards the pricing of your LTL freight. Freight Class was established by the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFC) to help standardize freight pricing. If you’re unsure of your Freight Class, FreightorGator will help you determine the right class to get the most accurate quote.
Other factors that might affect the pricing of your freight include whether the freight is stackable, turnable, or if any of the goods are potentially hazardous for carriers. Some carriers also offer additional services (accessorials) beyond the standard LTL shipping procedures. These services might affect your overall quote. Some of these additional services include:
- Inside Pickup or Delivery: The driver needs to pick up or deliver the freight inside the facility.
- Liftgate at Pickup or Delivery: With no access to a dock or forklift, the driver needs a liftgate to load or unload the freight.
- Limited Access Pickup or Delivery: Access to the pickup or delivery location is difficult, such as a military base or a place of worship.
- Appointment Delivery: The carrier needs to schedule an appointment to deliver the freight.
What sets FreightorGator apart is that we eliminate the 3PL middleman. Our freight rates benefit both shippers and carriers and help small businesses save even more money.