A parcel refers to any small package. How small does a package have to be to classify as a parcel? At what size does a package require LTL shipping? We’ll go over the difference between parcel and LTL shipping.
When to Choose Parcel Shipping
Every carrier has its own classification for defining a parcel. Typically, the package can’t exceed 150 pounds, although some shippers cap that weight at 70 pounds. Dimensional limits apply as well. The parcel must also be small enough for a single person to haul it by hand.
For parcels, you can make shipping arrangements with nationally recognized carriers, such as UPS and FedEx. These companies also offer overnight and weekend delivery. LTL shipment, by contrast, usually doesn’t offer expedited services since your freight is one of many in the truck.
If you have small, time-sensitive freight, see if you can reduce its weight and size so it falls under the parcel designation. If this isn’t possible, consider using a dedicated truck transport or carrier van.
When to Choose LTL Shipping
LTL is the more affordable option if you have multiple small packages headed in the same direction. In this case, consolidate the packages into a single pallet. This is much more cost effective than sending multiple parcels individually.
We’ll Help You Decide Between Parcel and LTL Shipping
Our freight brokers normally deal with line-haul shipment for machinery tools and related freight. However, we know the best strategies for optimizing cost and timely delivery. Machine Transport can determine whether parcel or LTL shipping is better for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about the types of trailers we carry and the difference between common carriers and line haul shippers!
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