Pros and cons of LTL shipping
Less Than Load (LTL) is usually a preferred shipping method for those individuals or business owners who are transporting a smaller parcel. One truck carries multiple shipments from multiple individuals. So if you are thinking about transporting a small parcel to another part of the States or the world, you might want to look into those freight companies Idaho that offer LTL shipping. However, sometimes it’s hard to choose between LTL and FTL (Full Truck Load). If you have enough items for filling a smaller truck but can also transport those items in a larger truck that others will be using, then you have a difficult decision in front of you. Before you make your choice, it would be good to look into all the pros and cons of LTL shipping that might make you opt for one over the other.
Pros of LTL shipping
Let’s start with all the good things about this shipping method, as there are many of them. Some will be convinced after reading about all the pros – others will need to hear about the negative sides in order to form a decision.
A cost-effective way to ship freight
At Peasley Moving & Storage, we are aware that even shipping your items locally can be expensive – not to mention how much it costs to ship your items over long-distances. That’s why we know that the fact that Less Than Load shipping is cheaper and more affordable than Full Truck Load is its biggest advantage. Since you as a shipper are only taking up a part of the truck with your freight, you will also be paying for only a portion of the shipping costs. In fact, everyone sharing the truck will also be sharing the costs, which works in everyone’s favor.
It offers more options than FTL shipping
It goes without saying that there are many different LTL shippers around. But the good news is that all of them offer many different options, such as pickup and delivery, as well as commercial and non-commercial delivery to different neighborhoods. So if you have been dreaming about door to door shipping international services, then you are in luck. LTL shipping offers a plethora of different options that you are going to love, which is why you need to be careful when looking for a shipper.
LTL shipping is better for the environment
We live in an age where we are all trying to be more conscious of the preservation of our environment – or at least we should be. If you are an environmentalist, then you are going to love the fact that you help the environment by opting for Less Than Load shipping as your preferred method of transport. By sharing the space in the truck with other shippers, you will be participating in reducing the number of emissions than if you had sent a less than full truck on its way.
Cons of LTL shipping
We do have to say that for many people, the pros of this shipping method win over the cons. However, it’s always good to be informed about all the things that could go wrong, even though they happen rarely. It’s up to you to decide whether you will find the cons acceptable.
It can take longer to transport your items this way
You are sharing the truck with a number of people, so you can’t expect that LTL shipping will be as quick as FTL shipping. This is especially true if you happen to be moving to a different state and have sent your items through a cross-country shipment. The shipper will have to make many stops for pickup and delivery, which is why your shipment can get delayed. But if you don’t mind waiting for your cargo a bit longer if you get to save a significant amount of money, then Less Than Load shipping might be for you.
LTL shipping isn’t completely secure
When it comes to FTL shipping, you put your freight on the trailer, secure it, and then send it off towards its destination. That way, your freight stands the best chance of remaining completely secure and damage-free. Unfortunately, that might not be the case with Less Than Load shipping. Because you are sharing space and because the truck is supposed to make many stops, you risk losing the entire shipment altogether. It’s definitely not ideal to let others have access to your cargo but that’s just what happens with this shipping method.
You risk damaged items
Apart from missing cargo, your items are also on a more dangerous journey with LTL. In order to get someone else’s freight out of the truck, the shippers might have to take your freight out of the truck a couple of times. Even our local movers in Boise know that the more you take your items in and out of the truck, the more room for error there is. Bear in mind that your freight could be damaged even with FTL shipping, as there is no such thing as being 100% safe.
Should you opt for LTL shipping?
We can’t say, as that’s only up to you to decide. If you are looking for a budget-friendly solution and you don’t mind waiting a bit for the transport to finish, then LTL shipping might be the right move for you. On the other hand, if you are not okay with risking the safety of your freight even a little bit, then you might want to look for alternative shipping methods. The best thing would be to research the shippers in your area and see how reliable and experienced they are. It’s really all about who you are working with during the process.