Types of Freight Shipping Methods.

05 Oct Types of Freight Shipping Methods.

There are many different types of freight shipping methods to get your freight delivered on time, and using the most cost-effective shipping method. Below you will find the most common methods for intercontinental freight.

  • Less than truckload [LTL]: LTL is typically used for shipments between 150 and 15,000 pounds. LTL or less than truckload is designed for shipments larger than parcel but not large enough to occupy a full truckload. LTL can save shippers substantial costs compared to full truckload shipping.
  • Full truckload: Full truckload involves moving bulk freight and pallet loads that can occupy a full trailer, typically about 20,000 pounds. Full truckload can be more cost effective and often faster and safer for your freight because of less handling than LTL.
  • Partial truckload: Partial truckload gives you the option to split the cost of a truck with other shippers, often resulting in cost savings. Partial truckload is a good option if your shipment is over 5,000 pounds or 6 pallets.
  • Intermodal: Intermodal shipping can involve a variety of transportation methods like rail, trucks, ships to improve the speed and costs of your shipment. Including shipping methods such as rail can reduce costs and offer a reliable shipping.
  • Expedited: Expedited freight is most often transported by truck or air and is used when shipments are time critical.