LTL – Less-than-truckload freight
Less-than-truckload or LTL freight shipping is used for smaller freight loads that are too large to be shipped as parcel but too small to fill an entire truckload. Your LTL freight carrier will combine your shipment with other LTL freight loads until a LTL freight container is filled. The LTL freight is then transported via a hub system, where it is transferred between trucks and freight centers until it reaches its ultimate destination.
To save money on freight transport, freight shipments that cannot fill an entire truckload should be shipped as LTL as or less than truckload freight. Shipping a smaller freight load by LTL can offer significant savings over shipping the same freight in an empty truck. There are, of course, exceptions when truckload freight is a better option; consult your LTL carrier for advice.