LTL and FTL shipping are two of the most popular transportation options in North America. It's important to understand the differences between them in order to decide which shipping method works best for you. LTL stands for Lower Truck Load, while FTL stands for Full Truck Load. The main difference between the two is that an FTL shipment generally consists of approximately 30 pallets on a 53-foot trailer, while an LTL shipment will share trailer space with other companies' cargo.
When it comes to size, speed, and price, FTL is usually the more expensive option. However, it offers exclusive use of the entire truck and can transport up to 45,000 pounds. On the other hand, LTL is more economical and can be used to ship pallets and boxes both regionally and nationally. The final decision between FTL and LTL shipping will depend on the costs, time, and handling requirements of your cargo shipment.
Companies and freight forwarders can request from PODS the same number of containers to carry cargo as an FTL shipment. Additionally, you may find that FTL shipping quotes can come in the form of a price per mile, while LTL shipping quotes can come in the form of a price by weight.