How Does Partial Truckload Shipping Work?

partial truckload, partial truckload shippingWhen considering your next machine transport, factors like cost, travel route, and delivery time are all factors. For smaller items, you might only require a partial truckload rather than a full truckload. How does a partial shipment benefit your next outbound delivery?

What Is a Partial Truckload?

Industry insiders often describe a partial truckload as a middle-of-the-road option between LTL and dedicated truckload. It also goes by the name “volume LTL.”

With partial shipments, you do not need a freight class to acquire a rate. Freight must also consist of a minimum of six pallets or exceed 5,000 pounds. This is often the best option when you have more freight than a typical LTL can accommodate. The total freight, however, does not warrant a full or dedicated truckload, since that would not be cost efficient.

Partial Truckload Benefits

Partial truckloads have faster delivery times than LTL. Your freight is also all in a single truck for the entire duration of the transit. This means all freight is loaded and unloaded a single time. Plus, since partials don’t require a freight class, you avoid freight reclassification fees. Keep in mind, though, you will need to submit the freight’s exact dimensions.

Is Partial Truckload Right for You?

The volume of your freight determines if partial truckload shipping is the most cost-effective option. This could be the right shipment method for you if:

  • You have mostly low-density freight. This means your freight takes up a lot of space but is relatively lightweight.
  • You have fragile freight. Damage is less likely since freight is only loaded and unloaded one time.

Find Out Your Best Delivery Option

Machine Transport works with various carriers and linehaul shippers. We will find a transport method in line with your timeframe and budget. Partial truckload shipping is just one of many options that accommodate machine tool shipment.

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