Shipping Options: FTL and FTL

by | Oct 4, 2017 | Transportation and Logistics

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If you’re just starting to get your business off the ground and looking for a shipping service to partner with, here are a few things you should know:

Pick the right shipping option

Wondering which freight shipping option is better for you? You could go with a less than truckload or full truckload freight shipping option. Not sure what’s the difference between the two and why you should go for one over the other? Read on.

What is FTL and LTL?

Less than truckload shipping is a good option for small to medium-size organizations. It’s when a truck is filled with shipments for different customers. Your shipment is put alongside goods for other clients. FTL, on the other hand, is the preferred method in case you have quite a lot of cargo on your hands. If your shipment is sufficient to fill up an entire truck, then you won’t have to go with LTL. You can have your goods boarded and delivered right away.

What is the commodity number?

Before you go with a full truckload freight shipping option, make sure you consider the following: it is perishable or not? What is the product’s commodity number? This makes it easy for officials to classify the contents of your shipment. By being as specific as possible, your shipment will go through shipping channels fast and easy with zero delays and issues. The last thing you want is a problem with any of the custom officials regarding your shipment.

What’s the weight and size?

You’ll need to determine the net and gross weights of your cargoes in kg, The Balance says. Net weight is the weight of your cargo while the gross weight is its weight in the boxes or cartons. Get the size in linear dimensions. That means getting the height, length and width of your shipment measured in cubic meters too. Before you pick a shipping option, make sure you keep these handy details in mind.