Got Less Than A Full Load? How To Avoid Problems When Shipping Less-Than-A-Truckload

Posted on: 3 September 2020

If you need to run less-than-truckload shipments, you want to save as much money as possible. Most freight companies prefer to run full loads, but that can't always happen. That doesn't mean you need to go way out of your comfort zone to get your freight shipped. But, it does mean that you need to do your homework. Here are four simple steps you can take to save money when you need to ship freight that's less than a truckload. 

Make Sure the Numbers Match

When it comes to shipping freight that's less than a truckload, it's crucial that you watch the numbers. The freight company is going to scrutinize the documentation you provide, especially where weight and size are concerned. When you submit your freight for shipment, the freight company will weigh and measure your pallets. If the weight and measures don't add up, you'll get charged extra for your shipment. If you have more than one pallet that doesn't match the calculations, the extra cost can be quite costly. Avoid the extra cost. Check, and double-check your pallet weights before you provide documentation. 

Consider the Bottom Line

If you need to ship freight that's less than a truckload, consider all the costs. You may be tempted to choose a freight carrier based on their going rates. But, that can leave you paying more than you should. Instead, consider all the costs that are included in the less-than-truckload shipping. This can include added fees for the paperwork associated with less-than-truckload freight or zone costs. Once you know all the added costs, you can choose the freight carrier that's right for you. 

Utilize the Pallet Space

If you're going to be paying for pallet shipments, take full advantage of the space you have available. This is especially important when the carrier specifies pallet size requirements. When that happens, you'll be paying for a specific amount of space, whether you use it or not. If you don't use up the space, you'll be paying more than you need to. To reduce that risk, try to use as much space as you can on your pallets. In some cases, you can combine pallets to accommodate the space requirements. 

Plan for Decking

Finally, if your freight will be going less-than-truckload, plan for decking. Decking occurs when freight carriers stack pallets on top of each other. If you're not prepared for decking, your freight may suffer damage during shipping. One way to prepare for decking is to shrink wrap your pallets.

To learn more about LTL freight shipping, contact a shipping provider in your area.