What is a Truck Load?

For those new in the trucking industry, you will come across the word truck load. But what exactly is truck load?   Truckload is a mode of freight for larger shipments that typically occupy more than half and up to the full capacity of a 48’ or 53’ trailer. This method is commonly used when shippers decide they have enough items to fill a truck, want their shipment in a trailer by itself, the freight is time-sensitive or the shipper decides it’s more cost-effective than other options.

Truckload shipping is the movement of large amounts of mostly same type of cargo, generally the amount necessary to fill an entire semi-trailer or intermodal container. A truckload carrier is a trucking company that generally contracts an entire trailer-load to a single customer.

There are mainly three types of truckload shipment. They are Dry van, flatbed, and refrigerated. During the time of filling the entire trailer, full truckload should be selected. This is ideal for large shipments. Compared to LTL, selecting full truckload will be cost effective when the weight is high. Full truckload freight is very fast because it is sent to the chosen destination directly. Thus, the transit time is very less.

Benefits of truckload shipping.

Faster transit times: Goods that are shipped via full truckload generally arrive at their destination quicker than goods that are shipped via LTL’s hub-and-spoke model.

Less chance of damage: Full truckload shipments are generally less susceptible to damages as they are handled less times than LTL shipments.

Cost effective: If shipments are large enough to require the entire use of a trailer’s space, it could be more cost effective than booking multiple LTL shipments.