Less than Truckload or LTL Shipping is the type of shipping that is used for transporting consignments that weigh between 150 to 30,000 pounds. In this shipping method, the entire trailer is not rented for shipping the goods. However, one only pays for the space that is occupied by their consignment. The other shippers can make use of the unoccupied space. It is one of the cost-efficient ways to transport goods. Each type of shipping needs its own set of preparations before it can be shipped off. Here is how you can prepare for the shipment.
Dimensions of the package
Before the parcel is shipped, it needs to be measured properly. The dimensions of the parcel are what will help to determine the rate of shipping along with the trailer which would be the perfect fit for transporting it. The dimensions of the parcel should include height, width and length. The accurate dimensions of the items being shipped need to be shared as it helps the shipping company to maximize their capacity. However, when you do share inaccurate measurements, you put yourself at the risk of paying the adjustment fee before the consignment can be shipped.
For the LTL shipping to go ahead all necessary documentation needs to be completed with the correct information. This documentation has to be shared with the carriers when they arrive to pick up the package. The document referred to as the bill of lading works is required. This works as the receipt when the goods are being shipped.
Loading the goods
The last step of preparation is loading the shipping goods into the pallets. This step helps to condensed them which helps to make the best use of the shape. When goods are loaded on the pallets it increases their protection against damage. While loading the goods, the heavier items are usually placed at the bottom of the pallets or the crates. The lighter ones are placed on top of it. Once the items have been placed a label is placed on the side.
Whenever you are planning to ship a parcel, the shipping costs play a crucial role. There are several determining factors when it comes to calculating shipping costs for LTL:
Location: The cost of the shipping is dependent on the distance the shipment has to travel. The longer distance the more shipping it will cost you.
Weight and Dimensions of the cargo: After a distance, the weight and the dimensions of the consignment also help to determine which class of freight does it belong to. The shipping rates are dependent on the freight class.
Mode of shipment: If you are looking for expedited shipping for your products, then the service might charge you a bit more than regular LTL shipping.
Type of products being shipped: Some of the cargo requires special handling or equipment while being transported. The type of product which is being shipped plays a determining role in the calculation of LTL shipment charges.