3 Benefits of Partial Truckload Shipping

Drive any national highway at night and you’ll get a first-hand view of the huge amount of trucks that carry merchandise from dock to dock. Rest spots are jammed with long-haul trucks and their sleeping drivers. Hundreds of other brightly lighted cargo-filled trucks and trailers form long caravans on the highways as they head toward their destinations.

Trucks are essential, along with trains, in keeping the economy running.

As the costs of trucking increase, freight logistical planners are always looking for ways to cut costs and cut delivery times. Less-than-truckload (LTL) and full truckload usage have long been used in the shipping industry.

A newer and sometimes overlooked trucking method is called partial truckload, or volume LTL. These shipments fall between LTL and full truckload and are usually based on the size of the order (weight and linear feet), delivery time needs and the type of freight.

Full truckloads tend to contain 26 to 30 pallets weighing approximately 42,500 pounds. Shipping partial truckload allows planners to ship smaller loads in trailers with extra pallet room, usually in the range of three to six pallets.

Three benefits of shipping partial loads are:

1. Cost Saving

No one should pay for a full truckload if they don’t have. Shipping cargo on trailers that are not completely full is expensive for everyone involved. Sharing the load space with several shippers spreads the trucking costs and reduces the freight costs for each of the shippers.

With freight costs continuing to nip away at the bottom line profits of a company, any savings are welcome. Many times partial load shipping costs are lower than LTL or TL loads.

2. Less Documentation

Unlike LTL requirements, partial truckload shipments don’t usually the documenting of the freight classes on the manifest. This eliminates the burdensome needs of re-classing the freight and eliminates the extra charges that larger shipments usually require.

Since paper work involves manpower, any reduction in documentation can add up to savings over the year.

3. Faster Delivery Times

The name of the game in trucking is on-time arrival. Amazon has built a huge business partially on their ability to get goods to their customers faster any other retailer, online or traditional brick-and-mortar.

Carriers who haul partial truckload normally don’t have to stop at distribution terminals on their way to their destination. This feature generally leads to a higher percentage of on-time deliveries. The result is faster transit times and less freight handling costs and less damage to the freight.

Dispatchers who have the ability to line up less-than-full outgoing shipments with carriers who handle partial loads have more flexibility to get their cargo on the road faster and delivered sooner.

In many cases, freight can be delivered from door-to-door rather than to dock-to-dock using partial load shipments. This alone can amount to a significant time saving.

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