What is FTL and how does it differ from other freight modes?
FTL, or Full Truckload, is a mode of freight transportation that is used for large shipments occupying more than half and up to the full capacity of a 48' or 53’ trailer. Unlike other freight modes such as Less Than Truckload (LTL) or parcel shipping, FTL involves a truck carrying only one shipment at a time, belonging to a single buyer or customer. This means that in FTL, the entire truck is dedicated to transporting a specific shipment, which results in a more efficient and streamlined process compared to LTL or parcel shipping where multiple shipments from different customers are consolidated and transported together. FTL is typically chosen when the shipment volume is sufficient to fill a whole truck, there are time constraints, or when the nature of the goods requires a specific handling and transportation approach.
When should FTL be used for shipping large shipments?
FTL should be used for shipping large shipments when the volume of goods to be transported occupies more than half and up to the full capacity of a 48' or 53’ trailer. This mode of freight is suitable when the shipment is large enough to justify using a whole truck, instead of sharing space with other shipments in a consolidated manner. FTL is especially beneficial when there are time constraints that demand a dedicated and direct transportation method, or when the nature of the goods requires specialized handling, protection, or security. Additionally, FTL can be cost-effective for large shipments since the pricing is typically based on the distance and the capacity of the truck, rather than per-unit rates. Therefore, when there is a need for efficient, secure, and cost-effective transportation of large shipments, FTL is the preferred choice.
What are the advantages of utilizing FTL for transportation?
Utilizing FTL for transportation offers several advantages. Firstly, FTL allows for faster transit times since the truck is dedicated solely to carrying a single shipment, eliminating the need for multiple stops or consolidation. This is particularly beneficial when time-sensitive deliveries are required. Secondly, FTL provides a high level of security and reduced risk of damage since the shipment is not co-mingled with other goods. This ensures that the goods remain in the same condition as when they were loaded onto the truck. Additionally, FTL allows for greater control and flexibility as the customer has exclusive use of the truck, enabling specific pickup and delivery times to be arranged. FTL is also advantageous for large shipments as it eliminates the need for freight terminal transfers, handling, and potential cross-docking, thus reducing the risk of loss, damage, or delays. Lastly, FTL pricing is typically based on distance and capacity, which can be more cost-effective for large shipments compared to per-unit rates commonly associated with LTL or parcel shipping. Overall, FTL provides efficiency, security, control, and cost-effectiveness for transportation of large shipments.