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Full truckload (FTL) freight

What is FTL freight?

Full truckload (FTL) freight refers to shipments that occupy the entire capacity of a truck trailer. Unlike less than truckload (LTL) shipments, FTL shipments do not share space with other cargo, allowing for direct transportation from the point of origin to the destination without intermediate stops.

How many pallets is a full truckload?

The number of pallets in a full truckload can vary depending on factors such as pallet size, weight of the cargo, and trailer dimensions. On average, a standard 53-foot trailer can accommodate approximately 26 standard-sized pallets, but this number may increase or decrease based on specific shipment characteristics.

How much does it cost to ship a full truckload?

The cost of shipping a full truckload depends on various factors, including the distance traveled, fuel prices, lane availability, freight characteristics, and market demand. Additionally, carriers may consider additional services such as expedited shipping, specialized equipment, or accessorials, which can impact the total transportation cost. Generally, FTL shipments are priced based on a per-mile rate or a flat fee negotiated between the shipper and the carrier.

LTL vs. FTL rates

LTL and FTL rates differ significantly due to the nature of the services provided. LTL rates are calculated based on factors such as freight class, weight, dimensions, and distance, with carriers consolidating multiple smaller shipments to fill a truck trailer. In contrast, FTL rates are typically lower on a per-mile basis since the entire trailer space is dedicated to a single shipment, offering cost savings for businesses with large-volume shipments.

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