Submitted by Mamadou Wade
If you ship or receive merchandise in small batches, that is, some pallets or packages, then
you have probably used this service. Indeed, it is a transport service corresponding to a
load “Less-than-TruckLoad” (hence the acronym LTL) which means “less than a full truck”.
The term “partial load transport”, “consignment of broken loads” or “groupage” will also be
used, although the term LTL transport is generally preferred, if your shipment exceeds the weight-to-volume limits required for mail if courier costs really become too expensive compared to LTL transport.
The management of this type of transport by transport companies is complex. Indeed, the
transport professionals must optimize the loadings according to the congestion of
the goods (weight and volume) in the trucks, but also take into account the places and dates
of delivery requested: a true work of balancing.
LTL transport allows road transport companies to combine loads from multiple companies into a
single shipment, which means significant savings for customers: you only pay for the space you use.
In order to offer you the best pricing possible, prices take into account:
-the weight and volume of the goods
-the type of goods (perishable goods, dangerous products, etc.),
-special services that you can ask for.
Prices are therefore generally advantageous since LTL transport costs (fuel surcharge, etc.)
are distributed among all customers.
Flexibility in your shipping and delivery dates: You can plan your pick-up and delivery dates
according to your needs. Your carrier will often offer temporary storage of your goods before
final shipment to the agreed destination.
LTL transport is the ideal solution for small businesses in the “just in time” management of their
shipments. As with carpooling, LTL transport promotes the reduction of greenhouse gases. This limits the
number of vehicles on the road and all the nuisances that go with it!
If you have specific truck needs, the LTL transport company can pick up and deliver your goods
with different vehicles:
-truck with hatchback (if you do not have a loading or delivery dock),
-refrigerated trucks for perishable goods
-heated trucks for frost protection (very useful in Quebec winter)
-Special trucks for residential deliveries.
Road transport offers more flexibility and undeniable advantages. However, there are some
disadvantages: traffic and speed limits, unpredictable weather conditions, delays due to receivers,
etc. So you need to plan your LTL shipments and deliveries wisely and use the service of a
transportation company that has a tracking or tracing system for its vehicles so you can be informed
at all times. the position of your goods.
Submitted by Mamadou Wade