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What is LTL?

Part Of The Freight Term Glossary


What is LTL (Full Container Load)?

Less than truck load, commonly referred to as LTL, is a type of shipping mode whereby a truck is available to carry more than one shipment. LTL trucking has several advantages over the alternative trucking shipment mode, FTL – a full truckload shipment.

  • For smaller shipments, less than truckload shipping works out cheaper. To quickly get accurate estimates on both modes, try this freight class calculator.
  • LTD loads have considerably more 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, LTL shipping is usually calculated by freight class, which usually breaks down to price-per-weight, whereas FTL shipping quotes are usually calculated by price per mile.

If you found this useful, check out the Freightos Freight Term Glossary to learn more about common freight shipping terms.