Volume LTL vs Partial TL

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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.

 

 

 

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