The Difference Between FTL & LTL

FTL (Full Truckload) vs LTL (Less-Than-Truckload)


The Main Differences 


  • LTL shipments are smaller shipments that will not fill an entire truck, leaving space for other small shipments.
  • FTL shipments fill most to all of an entire truck and tend to be much larger.


  • Since LTL shipments involve more than just your shipment, they often require multiple stops and transfers before they reach the final destination.
  • FTL shipments typically pick up and deliver on the same truck leading to a quicker delivery time.


  • LTL shipments are cheaper because you will only pay for the space that you use.
  • FTL shipments cost more because you are paying for more space in the truck.


  • LTL shipments may switch trucks or be transferred multiple times before delivery, increasing the risk of damaged or missing items.
  • With FTL shipping, your shipment will stay on the same truck and will not be transferred anywhere else. This creates less risk of damaged or missing items.



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