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LTL Shipping for Your Small Business

The words “less than” doesn’t mean your business will have to lower its expectations. Let us help you find the most efficient, cost-effective way to meet the LTL freight needs of your small- or medium-sized business.

 

What is LTL Freight?

Less than Truckload (LTL) shipments usually weigh more than 100 pounds. They are too heavy to be transported by a small parcel carrier but not large enough to require a full truckload. LTL shipping consolidates freight shipments and provides an economical way to ship freight. 

This LTL shipment is done through a hub-and-spoke distribution method in which one LTL trailer moves freight from multiple shippers to the hub, a single receiving location or terminal. Goods are then transferred to other trucks and delivered to the next ‘spoke’ until the products reach their final destination.

Characteristics of LTL freight include:
 
  • One trailer ships multiple businesses’ freight
  • Commodities are often arranged on pallets
  • Items are classified using a National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) code
  • Pricing is determined based on density, stowability, handling and liability
 

Streamline Your LTL Shipments with Shipper 360

Shipper 360°® by J.B. Hunt™ delivers a self-service platform with everything you need in one place. Compare rates, book shipments and track online with an industry leader that gives you a competitive edge. Use Shipper 360 to:

  • Get multiple LTL shipment quotes
  • Choose the price and schedule that works best for your LTL shipments
  • Book online and arrange pickup and delivery times
  • Track your LTL shipments in transit

How to Ship LTL Freight

Are you new to the shipping industry? Maybe you’re a small business who just expanded their distribution reach. Perhaps you’re looking to ship a small amount of freight to a new branch. No matter your situation, if you’re new to less than truckload, these tips will come in handy to help your company maximize the value of LTL freight shipping.

  • Quote the correct size: Although there is a standard pallet dimension (48"x40"x48"), some pallets or freight will be classified as oversized. In these cases, it's necessary to list the correct size of the freight – whether palletized or not – to ensure your LTL freight is matched with a trailer that has capacity for your shipment. 

  • Manage your shipment with a transportation management system (TMS): Business practices evolve constantly, and along with it new technologies and platforms are developed to help improve efficiency. Shipper 360 by J.B. Hunt is no exception. The extensive platform allows shippers to quote and book LTL shipments, track the progress of each load and view analytics for cost, on-time delivery and more. 

  • Define the right class: The National Motor Freight Carrier (NMFC) number provides integral information about the items in an LTL shipment. In order to properly load the trailer and keep cargo safe, a driver must understand which items are included on each pallet. 
 

Frequently Asked Questions about Less Than Truckload

 

What are the basic differences in LTL shipments versus other modes of transport?

Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipments are those usually weighing more than 100 pounds. They are too heavy to be transported by a small parcel carrier, but not large enough to require a full truckload. LTL shipping consolidates freight shipments and provides an economical way to ship freight.

How does pricing for LTL freight compare with truckload (TL) shipping?

LTL pricing is based on the space your freight occupies on the truck, its weight, its freight class and lane (pickup and delivery destinations). LTL is generally an economical alternative because the shipper only pays for the space their shipment occupies. A sales representative can provide you with a reliable shipping quote, or you can request an online quote for your shipment.

Are there ways to save money on my LTL freight?

At J.B. Hunt, our sales representatives are a great resource for questions about your freight shipping needs. The team can help customers find the best price on LTL shipments and coordinate additional services.

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