Full Truckload Shipping Benefits & Drawbacks
We talk a lot about LTL shipping, and we are highly specialized in that area. However, that does not mean that full truckload shipping is not an option. In some cases it may be beneficial for you to consider full truckload shipping – in other cases it may not be worth the hassle.
Potential Drawbacks of Full Truckloads
The full truckload industry currently is in favor of the drivers rather than the businesses. This is because there is more volume that needs shipped than there are drivers who can carry it. This is wonderful for the drivers, but it would require a little bit of luck on your part to find the right fit. For example, full truckload drivers are more willing to go to high volume locations such as California or somewhere else where there is a port or a main hub that can refill his truck (since a truck driver would never want to have to drive without freight since then they would not be getting paid for those hours). So if you are shipping to a remote place, your shipping rates will be higher than shipping to a high volume destination even if the distance is the same. It is more expensive to ship from Ohio to Pennsylvania than it is to ship from Pennsylvania to Ohio. Why? Because Ohio has more manufacturing companies and opens up to the Midwest for easy routes.
Potential Benefits of Full Truckloads
Depending on the type of freight that you are shipping there could be cost savings when choosing to go with a full truckload. It is easy to understand why one full truckload may be less expensive than a few LTL shipments. Also, full truckload rates do not depend on the classification of the shipment. Instead the pricing depends on the lane and the miles traveled. If you are shipping to a high volume destination, then chances are that a driver would give you a good rate on your shipment because it is beneficial to them as well.
Other Important Information about Full Truckloads
– A full truckload = 24 pallets or 42,500 pounds.
– You have 2 hours to load and 2 hours to unload. After that, you will have to pay a certain amount per hour.
– 2 types of full truckload shipments that PNG Logistics handles
- Flatbeds, which give you the capability to roll things on or off or carry awkward items that need to be loaded from the side.
- Vans, which are the trailers pulled behind the truck that can be backed up to a bay.
As always, we are happy to answer any questions that you may have. (877) 764-9441.
Have international shipments? We can help with those as well!
Head to PNG Worldwide for more information.