Volume LTL

To better serve their clients, businesses are always choosing the fastest and most economical ways to ship their less than load volume cargo with fewer risks of damages. However, some cargos are too heavy and large to transport through a common carrier based on their tariff rules but are too little to take up a full-size trailer. Fortunately, there are Volume LTL Carriers that provide an economical solution with their reasonable rates with limited terminal to terminal transfers. The results are less freight claims, quicker transport times, and reduced costs.Volume LTL Freight

About Volume LTL Carriers

Volume LTL Shipping refers to less to truckload or LTL shipments that are larger and/or heavier as compared to a regular LTL freight. This is available for flatbed or van freight. Typically, this involves a shipment of a minimum of 6 skids, which total more than 5000 pounds. This cargo occupies over 12 linear feet in a truck. If a shipment consists of four pallets and above or they occupy more than 20% of the trailer’s volume, then it is best to go for Volume LTL Shipping.

Volume LTL Quotes

These quotes are based on certain factors. These include the space that your cargo will occupy, its total weight and the traffic for a particular lane. Volume lanes with heavy traffic have a higher demand. So, they will cost more. The increase in price happens when trucks do not want to accommodate a Volume LTL shipment in place of regular LTL goods. In this regard, it is important to keep in mind that volume LTL quotes can vary from one week to another, depending on the demand during that time.

To get accurate volume LTL quotes you must be extremely accurate with the volume LTL cargo. Most LTL Carriers provide this service. Be ready to give the dimensions, weight, and description of the cargo. It’s important to note volume shipments are dock to dock and if the need for assessorials are added such as lift gate then rates and services do not apply and can’t be performed.

Best Features of Volume LTL Carriers

• Secure handling of shipper cargo

LTL Shipping, cargo is all about “loaded to ride” cargo. Along the way to the point of delivery, common carriers go from terminal to terminal, loading and unloading freight. These do not only lengthen the time of delivery but also increase the possibility of damage to cargo. On the other hand, with Volume LTL Shipping, cargo is often transported from the loading point to the place of delivery. It does pass through any terminals but the key difference is the cargo is not off loaded. Common carriers just hook and go… Therefore, the shipment reaches the recipient in the same condition as it was loaded.

• Reduced shipment delays

With LTL Shipping, shipment delays that are usually associated with LTL transport are considerably reduced due to consolidation and other factors.

• Lower LTL Costs And How It Works

With LTL Carriers, people do not have to pay for an entire truckload. They just have to pay for the space that their cargo occupies. Moreover, the carriers are able to accurately forecast loads and assets in and out of certain regions. If a carrier needs an asset (truck) in Chicago and the volume shipment origin (customer) is Los Angeles then a common carrier (Fed-X Freight for example) would give a volume LTL shipment price based on the need of their internal routing systems to get the truck to Chicago and consequently give the freight customer a really low price. If however, the shipper needs to get their volume cargo to New York, NY or Pittsburgh, PA and the common carrier (for example UPS Freight) doesn’t want or need and assets (trucks) in those areas then the rate volume LTL rate given to the customer would be substantially higher.

Best Volume LTL Carrier Rates

There are LTL Carriers that give Volume LTL quotes based on the linear foot required on the trailer provided the weight limited don’t exceed 1000 lbs per linear foot. Though the services of common carriers are designed for small LTL shipments the transit times far exceed basic LTL services.

Using Volume LTL Instead of Full Truck Load

Given that some LTL Carriers will allow up to 20 feet of deck space (Central Transport and SAIA ) then there are certain times a common LTL carrier could be used over a full truck load shipment. The customer could take advantage of doing a split load shipment or pay an additional fee for OD (over dimensional) LTL cargo. Both scenarios can often times drastically reduce the cost of a shipment over using a full truck load provider.


Volume LTL shipping allows businesses to get the same truckload freight services without the exorbitant truckload costs or standard LTL tariff rules and charges. Customers are able to get their shipments with reduced chances of delay with more predictable supply chain forecasting. Since volume LTL often times does not have to pass from one terminal to another in terms of off loading and cross docking of freight there are fewer risks for damage. So, the cargo reaches the consigneee in the same state as it was loaded. These are solutions that are beneficial to businesses including the shipper, consignee and ultimately the end user which enable a seamless order flow in a larger supply chain management system.