While most freight shipments are transported via less-than-truckload or truckload, there’s another method of transportation that could be a more economical choice for your business: partial truckload. Although partial truckload isn’t the most common shipping method, it can be a great supplement to your overall transportation strategy. The first step is understanding how partial shipping works, but it doesn’t stop there. Our experts want to help you have confidence in choosing the optimal mode and knowing you are getting the best deal on your freight.
They are shipments that typically fall between the size of traditional less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload shipments, usually consisting of more than five pallets or 5,000 pounds of material. However, partial shipments typically do not exceed 25 feet of trailer space or 25,000 pounds of material.
Partial truckloads and volume LTL are two very similar shipping options. These two modes are commonly used when a shipper has more freight than a standard LTL shipment but not enough freight to fill a full truckload. The key differences between these commonly confused shipping modes are:
While there are many use cases for partial shipping, here are some of the most common types of shippers that benefit from this mode:
Increased complexities and advanced technology across the LTL industry have prompted many shippers to search for ways to optimize their freight. Here’s some background:
Consolidating partial truckload shipments destined for the same geographic regions is one popular way to optimize freight. Combining freight into regional lanes can solve shippers’ headaches while saving time and money. It can also help decrease handling, transit time, classification errors, as well as weight and dimension discrepancies.