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Less-Than-Truckload (LTL)

A shipping method used for smaller freight that does not require a full truckload. Multiple LTL shipments from different customers can be combined to fill a truck.

What is Less-Than-Truckload (LTL)?

Less-Than-Truckload refers to a shipping method in which your freight only takes up a portion of the trailer space, rather than the whole thing. One of the key characteristics of LTL is that freight from multiple sources shares the same space. 

During LTL shipping, a truck often has to make multiple stops throughout its route for each shipment. At each stop, cargo may have to be unloaded and reloaded if not yet ready for delivery. While this is more cost-effective, it results in a slower and slightly less safe trip for the freight shipments. 

Despite the added touchpoints, it remains a valuable shipping arrangement due to its versatility and cost-effectiveness. 

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