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3 Considerations of Full Truckload Shipping

LTL (Less-than-truckload) and full truckload shipping are obviously very different. It’s impossible to say which option can be “better.” It’s contingent on the requirements of your company such as freight type, requirements and many other elements. It’s crucial to consider advantages and disadvantages and then decide which one is the best option for your needs in shipping.

We’ve already covered some LTL shipping tips in our previous blog posts. Today, we want to discuss full truckload shipping and go over the issues that arise with it to make sure you’re ready when it comes to shipping:

Large number of carriers

LTL is only represented by a small number of carriers. Their operations are standardized and are governed by defined procedures within the region that is served by their partner carriers or their own terminals. It’s impossible to imagine a single-person operation when it comes to LTL.

If you begin moving trucks, you can expect an entirely different experience. While there are large truckload carriers with multiple yards and hundreds of trucks, the industry is heavily reliant on smaller carriers (often, family owned or simply a one-person-operation).

Negotiable rates

Prepare to negotiate! LTL rates are well organized, and divided and available upfront. When you submit the information about your shipment as well as the price, and then select the most appropriate carrier. It is best to avoid this strategy when trying to book a vehicle for the entire load, when you need to transport it for a fair price.

Calculating rates for truckloads is way more “freestyle.” You’ll have to go through the process of negotiation for each load that you’re moving. It is essential to be aware of the market and understand what the fair cost for your shipment is. It is essential to be aware of the kind of equipment you are using, the track and current market conditions.

Various Equipment

In general, LTL loads (usually pallet shipping) go into van trailers. It’s very easy and straight-forward. Full truckload European offers a range of equipment options: refrigerators, vans that are dry, various open deck equipment. Some might be suitable for your cargo, while others will not work for you at all.

When you are deciding which kind of equipment you’ll need, make sure to take into consideration three important aspects:

How does it get packaged?
Do you think it is necessary to be shielded from the elements (and how)?
How will it be loaded/unloaded?

Tight market

If you’re considering the full truckload transportation right today, take note that this is a difficult moment for shippers. A number of factors led to the crises at the end of 2017, and the market remains extremely constrained. Rates are on the rise and finding the capacity to carry your truckloads of freight may be a problem. The ability to work with a professional and strong relationships with your carrier are essential to remain on the right track in these tough times. Partnering up with the right 3PL is usually the best choice to manage the truckloads in a timely manner for few reasons.

Do you need to ship an entire truckload but aren’t sure where to begin? Contact us for assistance.