LTL, FTL, or Parcel – Which Shipping Method is Best? - Amware

LTL, FTL, or Parcel – Which Shipping Method is Best?

by | Oct 31, 2019 | 3PL, Less Than Truckload, Parcel, Truckload

Your business has its own unique needs. Therefore, it’s important to select the shipping solution  that can help it meet (or even exceed) its goals. Since there are so many shipping options these days, this task may seem quite overwhelming. The good news is that we’re here to outline the differences between LTL, FTL, and Parcel shipping so you can make an informed decision for your business.

LTL or Parcel?

Parcel Shipping

If your business typically ships smaller packages, parcel shipping may be the way to go. In most cases, parcel shipping makes sense if your packages weigh less than 150 pounds, have a combined length and girth measurement of less than 165 inches, and are up to 108 inches in length. Parcel shipping has evolved over time as parcel packages can now be sent through ground or air transport. Also, they differ from other shipping methods because they are not shipped on pallets, which are horizontal platform devices that are made out of wood and plastic.

Some companies ship a high volume of parcel. This is becoming increasingly more common as e-commerce continues to grow. Businesses shipping a high volume of parcel should consider a custom parcel agreement with their parcel carrier. The agreements can be complicated, so any business considering one would benefit from some help in creating or reviewing it. The team at Amware can help with custom parcel agreements.

LTL Shipping

Less than a truckload or LTL shipping is an ideal shipping solution for small and medium-sized businesses who send shipments on a regular basis but don’t have enough freight to justify the use of an entire trailer. With LTL shipping, you can save money on shipping your smaller items. Generally, if your freight utilizes several pallet spaces and weighs less than 10,000 pounds, your freight is eligible for LTL shipping. If you opt for LTL shipping, you can expect pricing to be based on factors such as weight, height, density, how easy your freight is to handle, and its liability.

LTL is shipped through freight carriers. Working with a 3PL rather than the carrier directly will allow you to get the best rate for your freight within a centralized dashboard. Amware offers clients the ability to use Amrate, their custom web-based transport management system.

FTL Shipping

Does your business ship a great deal of freight? If so, full truckload (FTL) shipping may make the most sense. It’s a direct shipment method that is for freight that is over 20,000 pounds on at least 20 pallets.

Since there are no stops or transfers involved with FTL shipping, you can expect your freight to make it to its destination very quickly. Also, your items will only be loaded and unloaded one time so there is less of a chance for error. Air shipping is the only quicker way to ship your freight and will end up costing you big money.

Contact Amware to Determine the Right Shipping Solution for Your Business

Regardless of your industry and the nature of your shipments, Amware can help you determine the ideal shipping option for your needs. We are pleased to offer a variety of shipping options including  LTL and FTL shipping. If you would like to see how Amrate can save your business time and money on LTL quoting and shipping, click below for a free 30-day trial.



About Brad Mullins

About Brad Mullins

Brad Mullins is the Chief Operating Officer at Amware for the past 3 years. Amware is a 3rd party logistics provider that specializes in public warehousing, Amrate LTL rate optimizer software and transportation. Brad’s experience in logistics is spread out through multiple industries during his career which provides a platform for driving efficiencies in operations and improving sales and marketing efforts.