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What Qualifies for Less Than Truckload (LTL) Shipping?

In the process of seeking out the best shipping options for your individual or business needs, you’ve no doubt come across “LTL Shipping” and wondered aloud “What does that mean?” In the packing and shipping world, LTL Shipping is a simple way to say “less-than-truckload,” a type of shipping in which the total amount of freight being shipped is smaller than normal. For LTL shipments, this means less than 20,000 pounds, and is usually comprised of multiple products from many different customers.

LTL Freight ShippingLTL Shipping is ideal for companies seeking to ship items domestically that are too large for standard parcel carrier service like the United States Postal Service, FedEx, or UPS, or too small to qualify for FTL, or “Full Truckload” Shipping. Since both tend to deal with multiple items, the purpose of LTL Shipping is to expedite and make more efficient the overall process of shipping large amounts of a single item. This typically involves the items, such as a large number of boxes, being stacked on a pallet and shrink-wrapped. This ensures the items will all remain together while minimizing any damage contributed to normal movement throughout its journey or boxes stacked on top of them.

For over 30 years, Pak Mail has been a leading provider of LTL transport services, working with multiple carriers and utilizing advanced packing methods to ensure your items will arrive at their destination safely and securely. By working with us, we will do all we can to get you the best possible rates while overseeing every aspect of your shipment so you can focus on the most important thing of all: running your business.

Whether in the market for an ongoing shipping relationship or a one-time shipment, preparing a package for less-than-truckload shipping is as simple as providing some information about your shipping needs using our convenient form. Once we receive it we will reach and discuss your various needs, including pick-up, in-home packaging, and perhaps one of the best reasons to utilize less-than-truckload shipping, rates.

A number of factors are used to determine the final cost of your shipment, including the overall weight and size of the item, distance traveled, the freight’s classification, and the extra services being provided, such as the need for a lift gate or residential service. In the end, knowing as much as possible about your item and budget will ensure Pak Mail can get you best possible rate for your shipment.

When you ship LTL with Pak Mail, you know your items are in good hands. Contact us today!