Is LTL right for you?LTL freight quotes

The majority of business-to-business shipments go less-than-truckload, or LTL, makes up most of the surface freight shipments in the United States.

Another term you might hear for LTL is motor freight.  Carriers that transport freight over the road are called “LTL carriers” or “motor carriers”.  Here’s a more detailed look at what makes up LTL freight.

What is the size of a shipment?

Weight for shipments range from 90lbs to 16,000lbs (or 40 – 7,500 kg for those who prefer metrics).  An average piece of freight is about 1,023 lbs or 500 kg.

Dimensions range from 8 feet 2.4 inches to 27 feet 10.6 inches.  (That’s 2.5 to 8.5 meters.)   A single piece of LTL freight typically sits on a standard 48×40 inch pallet.

Shipments can also include large freight and long freight, also called over dimensional (OD) freight.    These are generally subject to extreme length and cubic capacity surcharges.  These are rare.  If you have any questions or concerns about your freight, give us a call.

We can walk you through the shipping process and find the most cost effective way to ship your freight.

What is the trailer size for an LTL shipment?

Trailers range in size from 28 to 53 feet (8.53 m to 16.15 m).

Standard trailers for city deliveries run about 48 feet (14.63m).  This makes delivery easier.

In residential areas or locales with tight and limited space, a 28 foot (or 8.53m) trailer is most common.  You might hear these referred to as “pups” or “bob tails”.

Does the shipper prepare an LTL shipment?

 Yes.  The shipper must package, pallet and shrink-wrap the shipment.  Unlike express or parcel services, LTL carriers do not supply packaging materials, service or assistance.  They expect you’ll have it ready to go when they arrive.

In some instances where crating or other substantial packaging is required, services may be available for an additional fee.

What do I need to get a freight quote?

 You can get a  freight quote with some basic information.  Here’s what you need:

  • Origin zip code
  • Destination zip code
  • Class of freight (if you’re not sure, call and ask)
  • Weight of shipment

We also need to know your company name and contact information.  For a fast quote, fill out the form on the right or call us at 713-589-5511.  Or click here to contact us.