Volume LTL vs Partial TL



Volume LTL and Partial TL are modes used by shippers looking for faster transit times, less handling and lower costs.

These modes are used when the freight is less than a full truckload, but exceed LTL limitations.

The exact amount of freight needed for a partial TL or volume LTL shipment depends on the weight, linear feet, and service requirements. 


Main Differences Between Volume LTL & Partial TL

Volume LTL (Less-Than-Truckload)

  • Large shipments that do not require a full truck trailer and that are typically 6 or more pallets, weigh over 5,000 pounds, or occupy more than 12 linear feet in a trailer can be considered volume LTL.
  • Quotes are obtained from an LTL carrier and are based on a carrier’s published LTL rates.
  • Rates are based on equipment and availability at the time of the move.
  • Require a freight class.
  • Shipments are only covered at $1/lb. claims liability by the carrier.


Partial TL (Truckload)

  • Shipments that are larger than LTL but less than a full truck trailer are considered partial truckload.
  • Shipments usually range from 8 to 18 pallets, 8,000 to 27,500 pounds, and occupy more than 12 feet of linear space in a trailer.
  • Do not require a freight class.
  • Rates are established by the market and are determined by mileage, specific lane, weight and space required.
  • Carriers usually do not stop at hubs or terminals, leading to a higher percentage of on-time deliveries, less handling of freight and less damage.
  • Typically offer freight insurance, which is often greater than the freight liability LTL carriers offer.





Article is closed for comments.