Less Than Truckload (LTL)

Less Than Truckload

At Envoy Logistics, we provide less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping, intermodal and full truckload — as well as international air and ocean cargo transportation.  Our LTL freight carriers have access to a nationwide network of regional carriers and trucking companies that specialize in it.  We also serve international shipping customers including Mexico and Canada.  This allows our Solutions Specialists to develop the most affordable and efficient LTL shipping services for your cargo.

 

LTL Shipping

If you are shipping fewer than 24 pallets full of cargo, you have an LTL shipment.  This type of freight allows multiple shipments to travel in one trailer.  This saves each shipper money on the total cost of the freight.  In addition, you can get your shipment taken care of much quicker since you are not required to wait until you have a full truckload to ship.  This type of shipment is ideal for smaller businesses.

With this process, the carrier drops each load off along a carefully planned route. For maximum efficiency, the routes are optimized to ensure the trip is completed in the minimum amount of time.  Because companies only pay for the amount of space required for their individual shipments, this becomes a very cost-effective way to transport freight.

Although this method of shipping can provide your operations with numerous benefits, you can gain full advantage only when you work with an experienced, reliable and capable LTL freight company.  Arranging for these services requires in-depth expertise due to the complexity of finding a carrier with enough space for the shipment as well as an appropriate route.  Working with a provider who doesn’t fully understand this type of transport could result in your goods being delayed or costing more to ship.

In addition, many of the industries that rely on this method, do so because they have time-sensitive, fragile or potentially hazardous products to ship.  This is another reason why working with a reliable logistics firm can be the difference between success and failure.  Without the right combination of capabilities and experience, your shipments could be exposed to risks you would rather avoid.

 

What Is an LTL Trucking Shipment?

This type of shipment is classified specifically as:

 

  • One to six pallets
  • Total weight of LTL ranges from 100 pounds to 10,000 pounds

 

You may also want to opt for an LTL shipper if your company requires local and/or regional freight hauling.

Before you take advantage of the services an LTL shipping company like Envoy Logistics can provide, it is essential that you understand how to prepare your goods for shipment.  If you fail to do this properly, you may incur fees, damages and delays that can hurt your profitability.

 

  • Step 1: Measuring — Providing the most accurate dimensions for your shipment ensures that it will fit into the trailer and you will pay the appropriate rate.
  • Step 2: Documentation — Your bill of lading should be completed in full with information about your shipment filled out as accurately and with as much detail as possible. Lacking this, there is a higher chance that mistakes will be made with your freight during the shipping process.
  • Step 3: Packaging and labeling — You may need to choose between a pallet and a crate. Typically, crates are preferred for smaller items that should be stabilized during shipping.  Packages should be prepared with heavier items on the bottom to prevent damage.  All shipments should be clearly labeled, including the bill of lading.

 

Industries We Serve

When you think of LTL shipments, your mind most likely jumps to the parcel and deliveries of FedEx and UPS.  However, here at Envoy Logistics, we serve far more industries.  Our clientele includes everything from the safe transport of industrial equipment and supplies to shipping products for the retail industry.

Additional industries we work with include the following:

 

  • Hazardous materials
  • Manufacturing and distribution
  • Paper and packaging
  • Chemicals
  • Technology and electronics
  • Energy and oil
  • Food and beverage
  • Automotive and aviation
  • Health care
  • Refrigerated temperature-controlled freight

  

LTL shipments often are used for goods that are highly time-sensitive in nature.  For example, foods that would spoil before a full truckload could be assembled are often transported this way.  Specialty chemicals or components that are not produced in large quantities also benefit from this mode of delivery.  As an experienced facilitator of these services, we have served clients across multiple industries.  We understand the unique challenges of these sectors, and can pair you with a top LTL carrier for the job. As a B2B shipping specialist, our team is ready to assist with your needs.

 

Benefits of Working With Envoy Logistics

You choose LTL freight because it’s the fastest way to get cargo to your customers.  We provide you with exceptional LTL service from the highest-quality carriers at the best prices. We’re not interested in serving you on a case-by-case basis.  Instead, we work hard to become a partner with you, learning your business inside and out to fully understand what you do and how we can help you achieve your goals.  Unlike other transportation management companies, we want to empower you to focus on doing what you do best instead of worrying about logistics.  We take one of the most challenging aspects of commerce off your shoulders with our comprehensive transportation solutions.

Clients enjoy our outstanding customer service.  We work with the best carriers, but even with the best carriers, there may occasionally be claims.  Our representatives are on call any time to assist you with issues such as late or missing freight.  This commitment to building one-on-one relationships with our clients sets us apart from the competition in the LTL shipping world.

 

Choose LTL Shipping at Envoy Logistics

When you are ready to choose the experts in LTL freight shipping, contact Envoy Logistics to request a quote.  Our service providers are located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and are ready to assist you today.

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