Less-than-truckload (LTL) service is a type of transportation service provided by Landstar for companies that require only a small shipment of goods delivered, the amount of which falls between a full truckload shipment and an average parcel carrier, such as UPS or FedEx . In contrast to LTL, a Full Truckload (FTL) shipment uses all available space in a tractor trailer. Landstar delivers LTL shipments with various other types of shipments to make more efficient use of delivery space. Therefore, LTL shipments are usually not delivered directly to their target destination, but cost less to ship.
Landstar arranges its LTL shipments so that the driver of the tractor trailer picks up the shipment along a short route and brings it back to a terminal, where it will be later transferred to another truck. The second truck brings this shipment and other small shipments to another terminal. The LTL shipment goes through this truck-to-truck transfer process until it reaches its final destination.
While it might initially seem inefficient to have to transfer LTL freight from truck to truck, there are many benefits and advantages that come with using LTL shipping and freight services from Landstar. These include:
- Cost-efficient. LTL services give clear economical advantages to businesses. With other trucking companies, you often have to pay a full truckload price for a less-than-truckload freight amount.
- Timely and reliable. Landstar has a reputation for timely, reliable and safe deliveries throughout North America. You can count on your freight to arrive at the appointed time and perfectly intact.