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Tackle 5 Common LTL Shipping Challenges with a 3PL

Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping has its own challenges beyond those of shipping a full truckload. Whether you’re shipping a single pallet or half of a truckload, we can help you tackle the five most common LTL shipping challenges.

1. Finding a quality carrier.

There are over 100 national, regional, and super regional carriers that can haul your LTL freight. Understanding which of these carriers offers the best price with the service you need can be a daunting task. Partnering with a 3PL that specializes in LTL shipping allows you to simultaneously compare these carriers against one another and select the one that works best for your business.

LTL Challenges can be solved with a 3PL

2. Understanding your freight class.

Making sure you have the right freight class for your shipment is essential for determining the carrier’s shipping charges. Density is the main factor for determining your freight class. If the wrong freight class is chosen, and the freight has to be reweighed and reclassified, you could receive higher than expected freight charges. A good 3PL will provide you with tools that help you calculate the freight class of your shipments.

3. Finding the best LTL rates.

LTL shipping rates can vary based on the accessorials needed, pick-up and delivery details, freight class and weight. Partnering with a sophisticated broker that uses an advanced TMS can help you find the best carrier for your freight. A TMS that can profile carriers and the lanes they run can save a lot of time since you don’t have to call multiple carriers.

4. Tracking your freight.

LTL service times can vary depending on the carrier you select. Even if you partner with a 3PL that has professional carriers that offer great service, you’ll want visibility into your shipments for peace of mind. An advanced broker can give you real-time tracking on your LTL shipments through API or EDI connectivity.

5. Service.

One of the main benefits of working with a 3PL is the team of experts that is dedicated to making sure your freight gets to where it needs to go. From managing pick-up and delivery times to taking care of any issues that may arise, working with a 3PL means that you can focus on your business.

Partnering with a Specialized LTL Broker

Managing the LTL freight shipping process can be a time-consuming and energy-draining process. A specialized LTL broker can not only provide you with the best LTL carrier for your freight, but can also help you with LTL shipping methods that can lower your freight spend, such as LTL consolidation and pooling, determining freight class and getting visibility into your shipments and supply chain. You can focus on doing what you do best and let a specialized 3PL take care of the rest.