FTL Freight Shipping vs LTL Freight Shipping

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Freight Shipping is a simple yet complex process. When it comes to shipping freight, there are many different options, and being able to narrow the field down to just one can be confusing. There are many different factors to consider including price, the type of shipment, the size of shipment, as well as the speed in which the shipment needs to be delivered.

LTL Freight (Less Than Truckload)


LTL shipping stands for “less than truckload”, meaning that the shipment will not nor is required to take up an entire truck. These forms of shipments typically weigh between 100 and 10,000 pounds. LTL freight shipping can be very beneficial for companies because you only pay for the space that you need. LTL shipping does carry some negative aspects, the major issue is the shipments can take longer due to numerous shipments requiring frequent stops.


FTL Freight (Full Truck Load)


FTL shipping stands for “full truckload”, which is basically a shipment taking up the space of an entire truck. To maximize the space of a truck a company ideally needs to have 10 or more palettes. Unlike LTL shipments FTL cargo is always on the same truck for the whole shipment which minimizes any type of risk for your shipment. LTL can take longer to deliver due to making multiple stops for multiple shipments FTL shipments make only one trip which saves a lot of time. FTL cargo is great for companies with big loads, fragile freight or if the company is in a time crunch for their shipment.


Which Freight Shipping Service to use?


Now that you know how to differentiate to two main types of freight shipping, now you have to choose which one suits your needs. When deciding on the most appropriate type of shipment for your freight, always keep in mind the size of your shipment, your budget, how fragile the freight is, and how quickly you need your shipment to reach its destination. When you factor in those main points choosing how to ship your freight is easy is easy!

Shipping With Portkick

PortKick Inc. is a full-service logistics, trading & freight shipping company, specializing in all forms of freight shipping. When shipping with Portkick you get full transparency as a client with a dedicated staff that will go the extra mile to make sure your shipment gets to its destination in a timely and professional manner. For more information on our shipping process or if you will like a freight quote  Contact Us Today!


  • LTL is the transportation of relatively small freight. FTLs are parcel carriers or full truckload carriers. It’s better for heavy load shipment at that time LTL is the better option for small packet parcels. Thanks for your information which helps me a lot to set the difference between them. My friend has an import-export business he is using Global Quote Logistics LLC for the transportation service.

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