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What is FTL?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary

 

What is FTL (Full Truck Load)?

Full truckload, commonly referred to as FTL, is a type of shipping mode whereby a truck carries one dedicated shipment. In other words, the journey is reserved for one shipment only. FTL trucking has several advantages over the alternative trucking shipment mode, LTL, or less than a full truckload shipment.

  • For shipments that are large enough to fill or nearly fill an entire shipping container, full truckloads work out cheaper.
  • Full truckloads are much less encumbered by size and weight restrictions.
  • FTL shipments get to the destination sooner, as the truck is making no other pickups or drop-offs along the way.
  • FTL transport means less handling (there is no transferring between trucks mid-transit), the shipment is likely to get lost or damaged.

 

When it comes to quoting, FTL shipping is usually calculated by price per mile whereas LTL shipping quotes are usually calculated by freight class, which usually breaks down to price-per-weight.

 


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