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What is LTL Freight?

LTL Freight stands for “Less Than Truckload” referring to the amount of space that a freight shipment takes up in relation to the capacity of a tractor trailer.

LTL Freight delivery is typically used for transporting smaller shipments of freight, when the size of the shipment is less than the total space available in a truck trailer.

We’ve seen LTL freight in all shapes and sizes, weighing anywhere from 150 pounds up to 15,000 pounds.

Why Use LTL Freight?

Tracking Your LTL Shipment: Eagle HotShot LTL Freight shipments offer tracking capabilities through our PRO or PO numbers, as well as shipment reference numbers. Not to mention you can always contact us to see where your shipment is at on it’s route.
Reduced Shipping Cost: LTL pricing is calculated by measuring the space that your freight would have taken up on a semi trailer versus paying for the entire trailer’s load.  LTL freight shipping helps you save money and time. We’ll get your shipment to you quickly and safely.
Secure Shipping: LTL Freight is packed on pallets before they are even loaded onto an Eagle HotShot delivery truck.  Our team can help you make sure your pallet is packed and sealed correctly so that it stays secure for the entire delivery trip. LTL Freight shipments reduce the risk of your freight being damaged because it will be traveling either by itself or with fewer number of pieces than would be in a trailer load.  Fewer pieces in a shipment means less chances for anything to go wrong.

How to Prepare Your LTL Shipment


When you’re measuring your dimensions of height, width and length, it is best to round up to the nearest inch.

Having precise measurements for your shipment helps us be prepared for the right amount of space, and the right vehicle specifically for your freight shipment.


Your bill of landing should be completed as much as possible before your Eagle HotShot driver arrives.

If you’re not sure about any specific information on your bill of landing though, just contact us.

We’ll be happy to help you with that part of the LTL Freight process.

Stacking and Labeling

Proper Stacking and Labeling is crucial for your freight shipment.

For pallets, you always want to make sure that the heaviest items in your shipment are near the bottom, and lighter items or boxes are places above them.

You want your labels to be placed on the sides of your shipment, for easy access.

Above And Beyond Your Normal LTL Freight Delivery Service

Eagle HotShot

Our team provides additional services that are tailored to your specific LTL Freight delivery needs. If you have a special request, please contact us and let us know.  We can make it happen.

Expedited Delivery: If you need your shipment expedited for a specific delivery window, ask us for an expedited freight delivery quote.

Limited Access:

If you have an LTL Freight delivery going to a location that has limited access, like a very rural area, or anywhere that has limited roads going in or out, please let us know.

Inside Pickup or Delivery:

Does your shipment require our vehicle to enter a structure or building in order to load the freight onto our truck? We’ll need to know ahead of time, but we’ll be happy to accommodate you.


Inaccurate Measurements

Getting proper dimensions can be tough if you don’t have the proper scale for your freight shipment.

This causes a lot of people to give it their best guess when it comes to dimensions.

Making the extra effort to get accurate dimensions of height, length, width and especially weight are crucial for determining the “Class” of your freight and allow us to provide the proper space and protection for it’s long journey.

If you’re not sure how to measure or weigh your freight, please contact us.

We will help you find a proper method for measuring your LTL Freight.

Poor packaging

LTL freight may be handled by quite a few different sets of hands.

When your LTL shipment isn’t packaged correctly, you run a higher risk of damage occurring during transit.

Using pallets or crates is a good call for LTL freight shipments.

This provides a surface to bind everything in your shipment together to.

Proper packaging also makes it a lot easier to properly label your shipment.

If you’re not sure about your packaging you can contact Eagle HotShot or a local packaging professional in your area.

poor communication

Communication is key for any freight shipment, and LTL freight is no different.

Be very clear about the specific destination of your shipment.

Beyond the city and state, to the type of location it’s being delivered to, and where on the property it’s being delivered to.

If the receiver of the shipment isn’t prepared with the right tools for unloading (forklift, or a reserved loading dock) this can complicate the delivery process.

Limited access delivery points such as mines, prisons, military bases may require an additional charge.

If you’re not sure, contact us.


LTL Freight FAQ

How Does an LTL Freight Shipment Work?
When you contact Eagle HotShot for an LTL Freight delivery, we’ll walk you through the process step by step.

LTL shipping mostly operates on a hub system where local delivery providers, like us can interact with larger hub locations to help get your delivery to where it needs to go quickly and efficiently.

how is ltl different from ftl?
FTL stands for “Full Truck Load” and LTL stands for “Less Than Truck Load”.  If you have enough parcels or items that you are shipping that would require an entire trailer truck to carry, this would be a FTL Freight shipment.

Less Than Truckload, or LTL shipments can be any size, starting around 150 pounds.

What Factors Go Into LTL Shipping rates?
There’s a lot that actually goes into calculating the cost for an LTL freight shipment.

The location and destination, or how far your shipment has to travel is the primary, and usually largest determining cost factor.  The further the distance, the higher the cost will most likely be.

Size and Dimensions of your shipment are also a major factor.  The weight of your shipment will determine how much fuel it’s going to take to transport it to the destination. The other factor with dimensions is truck space. Lastly, the density of your item can also be a factor because it tells us how fragile the item is and how much space around it we need to provide.

Expedited Shipping is another factor that may cause an increase in the cost of LTL freight shipping.

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