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4 Important LTL Shipment Tips to Consider

Sometimes you don’t have a bunch of cargo to ship, maybe even just a single pallet. When shipments aren’t large enough to fill an entire 53-foot reefer, it’s considered LTL (less-than-truckload), which requires a different means of transportation.

As with all aspects of logistics, efficiency is the name of the game, and you might think that a shipment that’s smaller in size will make achieving efficiency easier, but don’t underestimate. With LTL shipping, there are a few unexpected challenges that can arise and thwart your steady-rolling supply chain if you’re unaware of how to meet them head on.

Finding a carrier

So you found a carrier you like, but then discover they don’t handle LTL shipments. It’s isn’t unusual for some carriers not to offer these services. Do your research and make sure to ask questions about whether a logistics company handles LTL and how they do it. US1 Network offers these very services and can handle any load, no matter how big or small.

Get a solid plan in motion

What’s the zip code of the destination and how is it getting there? Will your LTL shipment require additional services? I don’t need to tell you that it’s important to know your product from the inside out, especially when it comes to freight class and rates. Knowing your freight class will aid in finding the best rate for your shipment and dodge wasted time with a re-class. Consider utilizing a transportation management system (TMS) to compare different carriers and rates for the one that will best suit your needs best.

Pack smart and don’t forget about insurance  

To avoid cargo damages, consider using pallets to stack boxes and wrap those pallets with shrink wrap for extra cushion and security. Always label items that are fragile, so handlers can take care. It’s the norm for carriers to offer a plethora of insurance policies to cover shipments, but with LTL loads, carefully scan the liability limits and adjust as necessary to makes sure your shipment is adequately covered at a fair price.

Keep an eye on transit time

Some carriers will prioritize larger shipments because of capacity and this can have a detrimental impact on the time it takes to reach the destination. Don’t let your LTL shipment get put on the backburner. Avoid delays by tracking your cargo to be sure everything arrives in a timely fashion.

Do you need help with an LTL shipment? Let US1 Network get your cargo delivered promptly, with no delays. Contact us today and learn about our shipping options and services.

Courtney L.
September 30, 2016
September 30, 2016
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