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What Exactly is Full Truckload Shipping?

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LTL (Less-than-truckload) and full truckload shipping are obviously very different. It’s difficult to determine which is “better.” It all depends on your needs as a business such as freight type, requirements and many other elements. It’s essential to look at both pros and cons before deciding which option is the most suitable choice for your specific shipping requirements.

We’ve already covered some LTL shipping tips in previous blog posts. Today, we want to discuss the full truckload European process and discuss the challenges associated with it so that you are well-prepared when you are shipping:

A large number of carriers

LTL is represented by a significantly limited number of carriers. Their operations are standardized and are governed by established procedures within the area that is served by their partner carriers or their own terminals. It’s difficult to imagine a single-person operation when it comes to LTL.

If you begin moving trucks, you can expect an entirely different experience. While there are large truckload carriers with multiple yards and hundreds of trucks, the industry is heavily reliant on smaller carriers (often, family owned or simply a one-person-operation).

Negotiable rates

Prepare to negotiate! LTL prices are well organized, and separated and upfront. If you supply the details of your shipment, get the price and choose the best carrier. Avoid this approach when trying to book a vehicle to carry your entire load if you want to move it at a reasonable cost.

Rates for truckloads are way higher “freestyle.” It is possible to need to undergo the process of negotiation for every single load you’re planning to move. It’s crucial to understand the market and understand what the fair cost for your shipment. You must think about the kind of equipment you are using, the track and current market conditions.

Various Equipment

Most of the time, LTL loads (usually pallet shipments) can be loaded into van trailers. It’s easy and straight-forward. Full truckload provides a variety of equipment options, including refrigerators, vans that are dry, various Open deck machines. Some might be suitable for your shipment, while others may not work at all.

When deciding on which type of equipment you’ll need ensure that you take into account the following three main aspects:

What is the packaging method?
Does it need to be protected from weather (and how well)?
How will it be loaded/unloaded?

Market is tight

If you are getting into the full truckload shipping right now, you should be aware that it’s a tough period for shipping companies. A number of factors led to the turmoil at the end 2017, and the market remains very tight. Rates are increasing and finding the capacity to carry your truckloads of freight may be a daunting task. Professionalise and strong connections with carriers are vital to keep your business at a high level in tough economic conditions. Working with the best 3PL is usually the best option to handle your truckloads effectively for a several reasons.

Are you in need of shipping a full truckload and don’t know where to begin? Reach out to us for guidance.