To begin with, LTL shipping simply means Less Than Truckload, or a respectively small amount of cargo. The amount to be shipped does not fill the truck, so there is space available to be used by other companies shipping goods to the same general location. This space is sold through shipping companies, or their intermediaries, at a lower rate simply to use up all available space whenever possible.
The theory works the same as the discounts 중국배대지 given to otherwise unused space in hotels, cruise ships and hotel rooms. The space does no good for the shipper unless it can be sold to someone with a smaller amount of goods to be shipped. That way they can maximize their income, and pass the savings on to shipping brokers, who then pass it on to their customers.
In order to use LTL shipping for your cargo you will need to take a few steps that will save you time and money in the long run.
• Find a shipping company that offers a wide variety of services and options to their customers.
• Have a list of general shipping requirements for your company, both immediate and potential needs in the future.
• Make a list of all providers you are considering shipping with.
• Speak with an account manager at each one.
• Get and check references. And be sure the companies you are considering have licensing to handle all you will need shipped.
Not all LTL shipping companies are alike. And finding the right fit for your company may take some time. Keep in mind though that the time spent on finding the right option will be well worth it when you begin to reap the benefits a good carrier can provide.
There will usually be an account manager assigned to your company that will be able to keep you up to date on any new developments that may affect your costs, or shipping options. This is their job, and it will save you hours of searching out the information for yourself, if you even think of doing it in the first place.
Many newer companies are not aware of the many regulations that are enforced regarding the shipping of certain cargo. The United States Department of Transportation has set the policies and guidelines for all cargo being shipped in the country, by air, rail and truck. Persons handling the shipments, as well as those sending out the packages, must be aware of and adhere to the laws governing the shipments. It may surprise you what is considered hazardous material, and what can and cannot be shipped by certain methods.
• Batteries of any type are considered a hazardous material, even those that are included in toys sent to stores all over the country. Special hazmat paperwork and shipping procedures are in place for even these seemingly harmless items.
• Size and weight restrictions can apply to some cargo, depending upon it’s mode of transport and how it is delivered.
• Licensing may be required to handle and deliver certain types of cargo.