Partial Truckload Shipping

Typical LTL (less than truckload) shipments,
measure along these lines

  • 6 standard size skid spots
  • 12 linear feet of truck
  • 10,000 lbs total weight

If your shipment is larger than 6 skids, heavier than 5,000 lbs, or takes up 12-32 linear feet on a truck, this is the right mode of trucking for you.

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Partial truckload, volume truckload and less than truckload (LTL) services may all sound like different terms for the same type of service, but there are important differences:

  • LTL allows you to specify the day you wish to have the freight picked up, and involves multiple hubs.
  • Volume truckload services are handled by LTL providers, including carriers such as FedEx Freight, UPS Freight, Conway and others. Like LTL, with volume truckload shipping you can specify the pickup date. Rates are calculated similarly to LTL shipping, but with a specific quote based on capacity/
  • Partial truckload shipments are handled by full truckload providers with extra hauling room on their trucks, and carriers for partial truckload freight transport include Columbus Freight, Orange Transport, Karjo Trucking and others. Unlike volume shipping, with partial truckload, you are required to be flexible on your pickup and delivery dates. And unlike LTL, multiple hubs are not involved because the freight is matched up with other partial shipments that have a similar destination and shipped when space is available. Rates for partial truckload shipping are generally lower than what you’d pay for volume truckload shipping because it is based on capacity and availability.

Knowing when to choose partial truckload freight transportation or volume truckload shipping can be a little challenging, with different options and carriers involved. PWL can make this process much easier for you by doing the legwork and research to find you the best possible deal. Contact us today for more information or a quote on partial truckload, volume truckload or LTL shipping services with the most dependable carriers.

Benefits of Volume/Partial Truckload Shipping:

No Freight Classes:

Shipments are rated by weight and desired linear feet of truck space, so freight class is not required for volume and partial truckload shipments. This alleviates any concerns about freight reclassification during shipment.

Better Prices:

By paying only for the space your shipment requires, volume and partial truckload services can save your bottom line substantially. PWL team members will do all the legwork and research for you, so whether you choose volume or partial truckload, you can be sure that you are getting the best rate out there for your midsize shipment.