The Pros & Cons of FTL Shipping

FTL Shipping (full truckload) is the best choice for those who ship using cross-border road transport. FTL freight shipping is cheaper and more efficient compared to other modes of transport. FTL is sometimes referred to as truckload (TL), reefer, or van.

If you’re planning to ship 15,000 Ibs or more than 10 pallets, you need to consider FTL shipments. Cost, security, speed, and performance, cannot be ignored when choosing the right freight broker.

What is FTL shipping

FTL shipping is when an importer uses an entire truck for a shipment. This mode of transport is different from LTL (less-than-truckload), where a shipper shares the space in the container with other distributors. The shipments from several importers are loaded in a single truck.

FTL is ideal for shippers with large volume products or those with sufficient goods to fill a full truck. Here, you don’t have to share a truck with other companies. Even though it is more expensive compared to LTL freight shipping, the delivery period is much shorter.

This kind of shipment favors importers who are handling sensitive or high-value freight. The special truck is tailored to each shipper’s needs and only contains what they are shipping. FTL shipping is available in a wide variety of weight and volume capacities.

Pros of FTL Freight Shipping

  • Quicker delivery compared to other delivery types
  • Rate quotes are quicker and more accurate when shopping around
  • The rate for shipping is fixed in most locations
  • No sharing of the truck with other shippers
  • Reduced handling times
  • Cost-effective especially for importers shipping in bulk
  • No weight or size restriction from the carrier
  • Effective for large shipments
  • Suitable for high-value goods
  • Goods are safer and more secure
  • Less damage or lost in transit
  • Shipments can be easily tracked
  • Better bargaining power for haulers
  • Ideal for a variety of shipment
  • More load capacity

Cons of FTL Freight Shipping

  • Not cost-effective for shippers with smaller quantities of freight
  • Less flexible when it comes to the movement of goods
  • No opportunity for small volume products
  • Few value-added services
  • Shortage of drivers
  • Costs more than LTL

In Conclusion

When choosing the right shipping method, you must consider the shipping budget, type of shipments sent, size of shipping goods, and priority scale. You should also consider the pickup location of goods. This means that the area should be easily accessible. Some damages might occur while transporting goods. Some products can be easily damaged and others are sensitive to temperature.  For example, some products have large volumes but very fragile. In this case, FTL is the best choice and can benefit your operation.

At Amplify Logistics, we strive to become the go-to company in North America and we provide reliable FTL freight services not only in Toronto, Ontario, Canada but also across North America. We understand the value of your freight and therefore, our trucks have a satellite tracking and geofencing capabilities to ensure your shipments are secure.

If you have a supply chain management in mind, Amplify Logistics is ready to fulfill all your FTL freight needs. We’ll help you choose shipping methods that will suit your company’s needs and budget. Call us today so we can get started.