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Full Truckload Shipping – Why Use It?

LTL (Less-than-truckload) and full truckload European shipping are obviously very different. It’s not possible to decide which will be “better.” It all depends on your needs as a business such as freight type, requirements as well as a host of other aspects. It’s crucial to consider both pros and cons before deciding which option is the most suitable fit for your shipping needs.

We’ve already talked about some LTL shipping tips in previous blogs. Today, we want to examine the full truckload shipping process and look at some of the challenges that accompany it, so that you’re ready when it comes to shipping:

A large number of carriers

LTL is represented by a limited amount of carriers. They have standardized operations and they work according to defined procedures within the region covered by their own/partner carrier terminals. It’s hard to imagine a single-person operation in the field of LTL.

If you start moving truckloads, expect an entirely different scenario. While there are large truckload carriers with multiple yards and hundreds of trucks, the industry is heavily reliant on smaller carriers (often, family owned or simply a one-person-operation).

Negotiable rates

Prepare to negotiate! LTL prices are organized, well-organized, divided and available upfront. If you supply the details of your shipment, get the price and then select the most appropriate carrier. You should probably avoid this approach when trying to book a truck for your full load if you want to move the load at a low cost.

Calculating rates for truckloads is significantly better “freestyle.” You will be required to conduct the process of negotiation on every full load you’re planning to move. It’s important to know the market and understand what the fair cost for your load is. It is essential to think about the equipment type, the lane and current market conditions.

Various Equipment

Most of the time, LTL loads (usually pallet transports) get loaded onto van trailers. It is very simple and straight-forward. Full truckload has a wide range of options for equipment: Dry vans, Reefers, a variety of Open deck machines. Some are ideal for your particular cargo, but others may not work in any way.

When deciding on which type of equipment you’ll need consider taking into considerations 3 main factors:

What is the packaging method?
Do you need to be shielded from the elements (and how)?
How can it be loaded/unloaded?

Tight market

If you’re looking into the full truckload transportation right now, be aware that this is a challenging period for shipping companies. The reasons for this are numerous. crisis at the end of 2017, and the market it still extremely constrained. Rates are on the rise and finding the capacity to carry your truckloads of freight may be a daunting task. Expertise and strong carrier relationships are essential for staying at a high level in tough economic conditions. Working with the best 3PL is often the best choice to manage your truckloads efficiently for a several reasons.

Do you require the entire truckload of your goods but aren’t sure where to begin? Contact us for help.