February 16, 2017 Domestic Shipping, Shipping Methods

Full Truckload vs. Less than Truckload Shipping

Full Truckload Shipping

Full truckload and less than truckload shipping are great options for businesses looking for an economical, efficient way to ship their goods.

When your business needs to move your product domestically, you have a few options. The fastest way to get your shipment to its destination is through air freight – but it is more suitable for time-critical shipments than it is for your everyday needs. Ground freight, on the other hand, is economical, affordable, and efficient. It is a good option for businesses of all sizes! Within the ground freight realm, you have two other options to choose from. Full truckload (FTL) and less than truckload (LTL) shipping serve unique purposes, so carefully consider the needs of your business when you decide between the two. Here are the main differences between full truckload and less than truckload shipping.

Full Truckload (FTL) Shipping

Full truckload shipping dedicates an entire truck to the job of shipping your products. If your company needs to ship in bulk and need a reliable, economical method to get the job done, FTL shipping could be a great fit for your needs. The initial cost of FTL shipping may seem a little high until you consider that it is more affordable than breaking up a full shipment into several smaller less than truckload (LTL) shipments.

Less than Truckload (LTL) Shipping

On the other hand, if your business needs to ship an amount of goods that can’t fill up a whole truck, less than truckload (LTL) shipping is a great option. LTL shipments generally weigh between 100 and 10,000 pounds and you only pay for the space that you need to use on the truck. It is ideal for businesses that work with lower volumes of goods. However, since there are other LTL shipments grouped together on the truck, shipping times tend to be a little longer than the FTL option. If your goods are on a tight schedule, air freight could be a better option for your needs.

AFP Global Logistics

For any and all of your freight shipping needs in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and beyond, look no further than AFP Global Logistics. We provide a full range of shipping and logistics services, and our 25 years in the business have given us the tools we need to create customized logistics solutions that are tailored to the needs of each client we serve. We have what it takes to provide superior shipping and logistics solutions in Washington DC, Maryland, and the greater Metro region that your business needs to thrive. For more information or to start designing your own logistic solutions today, get in touch with AFP Global Logistics at 410.590.1234 (toll-free 800.274.1237), email us at info@afplus.com, or fill out our quick and easy contact form here!

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