Many factors can influence LTL shipping rates, but top influencers include:
Shippers should look for:
LTL freight companies are best utilized when shippers cannot find enough freight to create a full truckload or when the current rates for full truckload are directly against those of less-than-full-load. Also, LTL capacity may be more cost-effective in markets with limited available loads too.
LTL shipping services are best suited for smaller loads — in terms of both overall size and weight. Loads between 150-20,000 pounds and those that do not take up an entire trailer are prime candidates for less-than-truckload shipping solutions.