Shipper — Best Practices
Full van truckload is over-the-road (OTR) transportation used for larger shipments that fills an entire 48’ or 53’ van trailer. This means that your freight is the only load on an individual truck and the truck makes one shipment only. This method is used when shippers have enough product to fill a truck or weight needs for an entire truck, the freight is time-sensitive or the shipper wants a more cost-effective solution. There are weight and volume minimums with this shipping method.
When someone does not need an entire truck to ship their product, they would use less-than truckload (LTL) shipping. That shipping method generally combines freight from several customers in a trailer.
Dry van: Fully enclosed semi-trailer that moves palletized, boxed or loose freight that aren't temperature-controlled or oversized items.
Flatbed: This trailer does not have walls and is used for oversized freight that won’t fit into a dry van or that needs to be loaded from the side.
Refrigerated: This equipment maintains specified temperatures for freight.
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