What is the difference between LTL and TL shipping?

Mar 28

Less-than-Truckload Shipping versus Truckload Shipping

There are many options shippers can take to move their freight across the United States. When deciding between using a Truckload (TL) carrier or a Less-than-Truckload (LTL) carrier, you should consider your budget, the number of pallets being shipped and any time constraints.

Less-than-Truckload Shipping

When shippers are searching for a cost-effective solution to moving a few pallets of freight throughout the United States, Less-than-Truckload (or LTL) shipping is often used. This mode of shipping freight is ideal for various kinds of businesses that do not have their own trucks. When you get a quote for LTL shipping with Roadrunner Freight, shippers only pay for the space they need and have access to competitive LTL quotes. Move your LTL shipment with Roadrunner Freight by getting a quote here!


Truckload Shipping

If the shipper has enough freight to fill up an entire trailer going to one destination and is under a time constraint, the shipper may choose to utilize a full trailer, or a Truckload shipment to move their goods. The benefit to Truckload shipping is that the truck does not have to make multiple stops along the route, but often does cost significantly more to utilize an entire trailer.


There are several options to moving freight across the United States, but each business must make a decision based on their individual needs, such as the amount of freight, budget and any strict deadlines. Roadrunner Freight specializes in Less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping and gives shippers access to the most competitive quotes in the industry. To learn more, click here.


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