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.