The Two Types of Freight
If you are in the flight business, it is important that you know the different loads or freights available. This will help you choose the load that you can comfortably transport, it will help you determine how and where you can find loads, it will help you determine what you need to charge for different loads, and it will help you in other aspects of freight management such as tracking and monitor.
One type of load is LTL which stands for ‘less than a full load’. Many people consider this freight as a commodity. If you want to ship this load, you should know that you will have to be reliable and trustworthy. The load has to reach its destination on time. This is the most expensive type of freight because the owner of the cargo has to pay for the extra space. This option is preferred by people who want to get their cargo quickly and those who do not want the world to know where their cargo is. To find loads in this type of freight is not easy. You have to build a network for many years so that people can trust you.
FTL, or simply TL, stands for ‘full truckload’ or ‘truckload’. This is a popular type of load whereby cargo owners are willing to wait for the truck to fill up so that they can share costs. These low costs are also from the fact that the cargo transported this way is not too expensive, meaning insurance is not too expensive. You can use a free load board for this type of freight, as is the case with LTL cargo. Some free load boards are for both FTL and LTF while others are for specific freight types. Those seeking this type of transportation are not very particular about who is transporting their cargo. There are also more clients seeking these services compared to LTL because of the lower costs. This means this is the ideal type of freight to transport when you are just starting out.
There are several considerations that you should take when transporting LTL and FTL freight. You should consider the type of cargo before shipping. This is because some cargos are best on step decks while others are best shipped on a flatbed. Knowing the cargo will also help you determine whether it requires freezers or refrigeration. You will also be able to take precautionary measures such as using cushioning if the cargo is breakable and you will be able to determine the best transportation method for the cargo. You should consider the duration of the shipping. This will help you determine whether there is a danger with the load going bad if it is perishable. It will also help you prepare for such things as storage and taxation. To find loads, go online. The Internet also allows you to register in a free load board to lower your costs of doing business. Do not cut corners as this may land you into trouble with insurance companies, the taxman, or industry regulatory bodies.