What is LTL Shipping? Frequently Asked Questions about Less Than Truckload
November 17, 2016 2
1. What are the basic differences in LTL shipments versus other modes of transport?
Less Than Truckload, or LTL, shipments are those usually weighing more than 100 pounds. They are too heavy to be transported by a small parcel carrier, but not large enough to require a full truckload. LTL shipping consolidates freight shipments and provides an economical way to ship freight.
2. How does pricing for LTL freight compare with truckload (TL) shipping?
LTL pricing is based on the space your freight occupies on the truck, its weight, its freight class and lane (pickup and delivery destinations). LTL is generally an economical alternative because the shipper only pays for the space their shipment occupies. A J.B. Hunt sales representative can provide you with a reliable shipping quote, or you can request an online quote for your shipment.
3. Will I be able to track my LTL shipment?
Once a pickup is scheduled, J.B. Hunt’s customer service representatives stay in close contact with the carrier to provide regular updates on the status of your shipment. Location updates are provided via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) technology with LTL carriers. All updates are shared through the J.B. Hunt 360 Shipper desktop application. Learn more about J.B. Hunt 360 Shipper and create your account at JBHunt.com.
4. Are there ways to save money on my LTL freight?
J.B. Hunt’s sales representatives are a great resource for questions about your freight shipping needs. The team can help customers find the best price on LTL shipments and coordinate additional services. Contact J.B. Hunt today at 1-800-4JBHUNT or via Live Chat to learn more.
5. Do I need to contact the carrier or terminal after scheduling my LTL shipment through J.B. Hunt?
There is no need to contact the carrier or terminal after scheduling your shipment. Doing so may inadvertently duplicate your shipment request. J.B. Hunt will coordinate all arrangements for the pickup, transit and delivery of your shipment on the specified dates and locations. Your third-party logistics (3PL) provider should be your point of contact for your LTL shipments.
For other questions regarding your LTL freight shipping needs, please call a J.B. Hunt sales representative at 1-800-4JBHUNT.