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The Four Most Common Modes of Shipping Freight

For smaller loads, a Less than Truckload shipping method is a good option!

Truck drivers are responsible for transporting all different types of goods from one destination to another. Just as there are different types of freight trucks, there are also different types of freight. There are several different ways to package and ship products to make the process easier. Here are the four most common modes of shipping freight.

Less Than Truckload (LTL)

This is one of the most popular methods of shipping freight because it’s a more economical option. It is typically used to transport smaller items that range anywhere from 100 to 20,000 pounds. Freight is shared and shipped with other LTL items to help save time and money. These shipments may touch several trucks and transportation hubs.

Volume LTL

Volume LTL is the same thing as LTL, however the items being shipped are bigger. It becomes volume LTL when the shipment has more than 6 standard pallets, is over 6,000 pounds, or takes up more than 12 feet on a trailer. Freight only needs to meet one of these requirements to count as volume LTL, so you want to be extra careful when weighing and sizing everything. If you ship using regular LTL when it should be volume LTL, there can be potential penalty charges.


This is probably the method of shipping freight that most people assume is used all of the time. A truckload is simply a truck full of freight that is going to the same destination. The weight generally ranges from 5,000 to 45,000 pounds. This is a better option for packages that require a lot of space and also helps to speed up delivery times because no load transfers are necessary.


We have all had to choose the expedited shipping option at one point or another when ordering items online. This essentially means that the shipment is being rushed. An expedited shipping method when it comes to freight is one where there are no stops made. This is ideal for shipments that are on a restricted time frame because it is prioritized.

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