4 Questions Every SMB Should Ask About Their LTL Freight Shipping

Keep your shipping strategy stress-free by asking these important questions about your LTL freight.
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Less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipping can be a great option for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that don’t have enough product to regularly ship a full truckload. But shipping LTL can raise a few concerns for business owners. Is my product safe? Is the quality being considered? How do I know if I’m getting a good deal?

Ready to find out if you’re getting the best possible service for your LTL shipping? Get answers to these common concerns (and more) by reading the questions we think every SMB should ask before shipping LTL freight.

What should I look for when comparing LTL freight providers?

With a wealth of LTL carriers across the country, try to identify shipping partners who specialize in shipping LTL freight. From there, you can compare the rates and services offered to decide which provider best suits your LTL needs. Many third party logistics (3PL) providers have an online portal that you can use to compare quotes from a number of top carriers, saving your business valuable time.

Why do I need to know the classification of my freight?

LTL freight carriers rely heavily on the classification (or class) of the goods you ship to determine your rate. Freight class is determined based on the size and ease of handling your shipment. Carriers also use this information to combine as many similar shipments in a truck as possible, helping leverage truckload capacity and ensure your shipments arrive on time and without damage. Click here to learn more about classifying your LTL freight shipments.

Does the size of my business affect the freight shipping rates I receive?

LTL freight rates are based heavily on your shipments’ classification, as well as its weight, density and value. LTL providers also consider other services you may require – such as your pick-up or delivery needs – when calculating your rate. Partnering with a 3PL can give you access to discounted rates that are normally reserved for companies with larger shipping volumes. Read more about the benefits of working with a 3PL.

How do I properly package my LTL freight shipments?

Nobody wants their goods to arrive broken or damaged. Proper packaging can go a long way for your LTL freight – literally. We typically recommend packaging freight on pallets or in crates. Depending on the item being shipped, you may need to plastic wrap your pallets to avoid any shifting during transit. Your freight will typically be handled multiple times in route, so packaging your shipments with care will help protect them from the elements. Learn more about protecting your LTL freight shipments.

Knowledge is power when it comes to your LTL shipping. By using a 3PL like Unishippers, you get access to a team of shipping experts who can help guide your freight shipping strategy. Contact us today to save time and trouble on your LTL shipping.

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