LTL Shipping Rates

How do LTL shipping rates work?

LTL carriers will usually apply a discount on shipments as the freight moves up in weight, meaning there are various "weight break" discounts an LTL carrier may give.

Shipments larger than 6 pallets can still ship with an LTL carrier but these moves are normally considered volume moves and are spot quoted.


Factors That Determine LTL Shipping Rates


→ The more a shipment weighs, the less you pay per hundred pounds.


→ The total weight of the shipment is divided by the total cubic feet to determine density.

→ If the shipment is palletized, use the dimensions of the pallet, the combined height of the freight and the pallet, and the total weight of the shipment.

→ Once density is calculated, you can determine the freight’s class.

Freight Class

→ There are 18 different classes – ranging from 50 to 500.

→ Lower classes have lower rates and higher classes are subject to higher rates.


→ If a LTL shipment has to be interlined, then there could be more charges.

→ Interlining occurs when a shipment’s destination is outside the carrier’s standard service area and the carrier must find another LTL carrier to finish delivery.

Base Rates

→ LTL carriers establish their own base rates, which are quoted per one hundred pounds.

Freight All Kinds (FAK)

→ FAK is an arrangement between the client and carrier that enables multiple products with different classes to be shipped and billed as the same freight class.


→ LTL carriers apply a specific price point, an absolute minimum charge, which they will not charge below.


→ These charges are incurred if LTL carriers preform more duties than stated on the BOL. Usually these charges can be negotiated or avoided.


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