Full Truckload (FTL)

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What Is Full Truckload (FTL)?

Full truckload (FTL) shipping is a method of transporting goods in which the truckload is entirely filled. You would pay for a full truck instead of individual spaces, so it saves money and leads to shorter transit times for all your shipments. This shipping method is perfect for those businesses that need to move their shipment as rapidly as possible and with the least risk of mishandling. 

Significance of Full Truckload (FTL) in an E-commerce Shipping and Delivery

FTL shipping involves transporting a whole truckload of goods with one carrier. Here are some benefits of full truckload (FTL).

  • Fast shipping: Usually, FTL shipping quickly transports your shipment from point A to B with minimum handling. 
  • Decreased risk of damage: Through FTL shipments, the carrier will move your items fewer times and reduce transit travel distance before  reaching the destination. It decreases the risk of mishandling and therefore minimizes the risk of damage to your freight. 
  • Cost-effective: FTL shipping is the best option for businesses that need to ship large items or huge volume orders. This is because large shipments are moved in fewer trips and so, higher upfront costs of FTL shipping are counterbalanced.

Prerequisites for Full Truckload (FTL)

Here are some of the prerequisites of full truckload (FTL)

  • The FTL can fill either a 48’ or 53’ trailer holding one shipment moving from point A to point B. Alternatively, it can be a multi-stop load that will increase the total cost.
  • The FTL service is recommended for carrying 24 – 30 pallets or more.
  • The weight limit of a FTL can range from 5,000 – 45,000 pounds. Usually, a FTL with 45,000 pounds weight limit is considered to carry full truckload weight.

You also need to consider the following factors:

  • Ship Date: When using FTL service, you must mention the accurate date and time for pick up.
  • Total Weight: It includes the weight of the product, the crates or pallets, and any strap.
  • Value of Freight: It must be accurate. It depends on factors like mileage, fuel surcharges, market capacity, truck to freight ratio, freight classification, delivery destinations, and deadhead miles. 

Use Case With Full Truckload (FTL)

Suppose company X is into the manufacturing and delivery of trousers. It can use full truckload shipping to transport a huge quantity of trousers in one go. It ensures quick and safe delivery and proves to be cost-effective for the company.

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