Shipper — Best Practices
Finding the right less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers to deliver your goods is essential – but not easy. A good first step in understanding how to choose the right LTL carriers for your needs is to learn the basic similarities and differences between the various categories.
The type of carrier you need depends largely on your shipping origins and destinations. This will determine whether a regional carrier, national carrier or consolidator can haul your freight where it needs to go.
Another aspect to consider when choosing an LTL carrier is whether you would prefer your freight shipped direct or interlined.
When interlined, for example, one regional carrier may haul your freight through the Midwest, then pass your freight on to another regional carrier who will deliver the freight to its Northeast destination. Interlining typically costs less than direct shipping, but there is more opportunity for high-value or extremely fragile freight to be damaged when moving between carriers.
When choosing an LTL carrier, consider how cost, service and capacity factor into your shipping needs. Selecting the right carrier depends on finding the right balance of these three factors.
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