What is partial truckload?

We All are Aware of Less-than Truck Load (LTL) and Full Truck Load (FTL). Partial Truckload is also known as Volume LTL. Mainly we can use this when shippers are looking for faster Transit times, less handling and more cost-effective solutions.

It is coming between LTL(Less-than Truckload) and FTL. Definition of Partial Truckload is varying, but generally based on the size of the order (weight & Linear feet) and service requirements (type of freight & time Sensitivity).

Generally, LTL are optimization for shipments are less than 12 linear feet and 1 to 6 pallets While, FTL contains 26 to 30 pallets and approximately 42500 Pounds.

The Partial Truckload contains 6 to 18 pallets and approximately 8000 to 27500 Pounds.


Which points does partial truckload have over modes?

Partial Truckload usually not required freight class, it eliminating freight re-classing and extra charges.

Generally Partial truckload carriers only stop at their destination, they do not stops distribution terminals, which leads to a cut time and deliver shipment on-time, transit times also be faster and less handling freight. Additionally it offers cargo insurance coverage comparable to truckload carriers, which is often greater than what LTL offers.           

Special deliveries like, “no touch” deliveries are possible with Partial Truckload shipping.


Partial truckload shipping allows your freight to stay on one truck for the duration of the transit time. When only one truck is involved, there is no unloading and reloading, which means less handling. No freight class is required.

What Extra Points should you know about Partial Truckload?

Best example to cover Partial Truckload shipping is that from Chicago to Los Angeles if we moving 10000 pound cargo than LTL service take charges $2000 to $4000 on top Tier LTL carrier and $2700 to $3200 as a FTL(Full Truckload). However Partial Truckload takes only $900 to $1050 for same shipment.


What is Other Benefits of PTL (Partial Truckload)?

  • Lower risk of damages to freight than [LTL]
  • Less handling of your important freight
  • Lower prices than [LTL] or Truckload services
  • Transit times are generally faster than [LTL]
  • No need to classify freight
  • Underutilized freight service

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