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What Is Full Truckload Shipping?

LTL (Less-than-truckload) and full truckload shipping are obviously very different. It’s hard to tell which option best “better.” It’s contingent on your company needs, freight type, requirements and many other aspects. It’s crucial to consider advantages and disadvantages and then decide which is the best choice for your specific shipping requirements.

We’ve already covered some LTL shipping tips in our previous blog posts. Today, we’ll discuss full truckload shipping and review the issues that arise with it to ensure that you are prepared when shipping:

Large number of carriers

LTL is represented by a limited amount of carriers. Their operations are standardized and they operate in accordance with set processes within the territory that is served by their partner carriers or their own terminals. It’s hard to imagine a single-person operation when it comes to LTL.

If you begin moving trucks, you can expect a completely different scene. 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 rates are organized, well-organized, broken down and upfront. The information you provide about your shipment then get the price and then select the most appropriate carrier. It is best to avoid this method when you are trying to find a truck for the entire load, when you need to transport the load at a low cost.

The process of determining the cost for truckloads is significantly better “freestyle.” You’ll need to go through the negotiation process for each full load you are planning to move. It is essential to be aware of the market, and be aware of what a fair rate for your shipment. You must take into consideration the equipment type, the route and the current market conditions.

Various Equipment

In general, LTL loads (usually pallet transports) get loaded onto van trailers. It is very simple and straightforward. Full truckload gives you a selection of equipment options, including Dry vans, Reefers, a variety of open deck equipment. Some might be suitable for your shipment, while other options will not be effective at all.

When you are deciding which kind of equipment you’ll require be sure to take into consideration three important aspects:

How does it get packaged?
Does it need to be protected from weather (and how well)?
How can it be loaded/unloaded?

Market is tight

If you’re thinking of getting into full truckload European shipping today, take note that it’s a very difficult period for shipping companies. A few factors caused the turmoil at the end 2017 and the market it still very constrained. Rates are increasing and getting the capacity you need for your truckload freight might be a daunting task. Experience and solid relationships with carriers are crucial to stay on the right track in these tough times. A partnership with the appropriate 3PL is usually the best option for handling your truckloads efficiently for a couple of reasons.

Are you looking for full truckload European services and aren’t sure where to begin? Contact us for help.