Skip to main content

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about FTL Shipping

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about FTL Shipping
  1. What is Full Truckload (FTL) shipping, and what types of cargo are best suited for it?

FTL shipping involves dedicating an entire truck to a single shipment, making it perfect for cargo requiring special considerations like temperature control, flatbeds, oversized or hazardous materials (hazmat).

  1. How does FTL differ from Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) shipping in terms of transit time?

FTL shipments typically have shorter transit times as they don’t involve multiple stops for other cargo. This makes FTL an efficient choice for time-sensitive deliveries.

  1. What is the average weight capacity of a flatbed truck in FTL shipments?

The average hauling weight of a flatbed truck is around 48,000 pounds, while the total weight, inclusive of the truck, should not exceed 80,000 pounds. Specific cargo capacity depends on the type of equipment and the truck’s weight when empty.

  1. Can I ship a partial load using FTL services, and is it cost-effective?

While FTL is designed for full truck shipments, it’s possible to ship a partial load. However, the cost-effectiveness of this option should be considered, and our experts can guide you through the best decision for your specific needs.

  1. What factors influence the cost of FTL shipping?

FTL rates depend on various factors, including mileage, lane availability, seasonality, lead time, and fuel costs. The type of trailer required, and any additional services also contribute to the overall cost.

  1. Is FTL shipping only suitable for large businesses with substantial cargo volumes?

No, FTL services can benefit businesses of all sizes. While FTL is commonly associated with larger shipments, smaller businesses can still leverage the exclusivity and efficiency of FTL for their cargo transportation needs.

  1. How can I determine the right type of trailer for my FTL shipment?

The type of trailer depends on your cargo’s specific requirements, and at US Cargo Link, we pride ourselves on our extensive experience in transporting goods across various industries. Our experts can guide you in choosing the most suitable trailer, be it a dry van, refrigerated trailer, or flatbed, tailored to your shipment’s unique needs.

  1. Are there any restrictions on the types of cargo that can be shipped via FTL?

While FTL can accommodate a wide range of cargo, including hazardous materials (hazmat), it’s essential to communicate the nature of your cargo to ensure compliance with safety regulations. At US Cargo Link, our experienced team is well-equipped to handle hazmat shipments, ensuring they are transported safely and following all regulatory requirements. Feel free to reach out to us for personalized guidance on hazmat transportation within the framework of FTL services.

  1. Can I track my FTL shipment in real-time?

Yes, at US Cargo Link, we provide real-time tracking for FTL shipments. Our advanced tracking systems keep you informed about your cargo’s location and estimated time of arrival throughout the entire journey.

  1. How can I request a quote for FTL shipping services?

Requesting a quote is easy! Simply reach out to us with your shipping requirements through our website or contact our customer service team. We’ll promptly provide you with a free, no-obligation quote tailored to your needs.

  1. What is the coverage area for US Cargo Link’s FTL shipping services?

US Cargo Link’s FTL services cover a vast domestic network within the United States, providing reliable and efficient transportation solutions. Our extensive coverage ensures that your cargo reaches its destination seamlessly.

In the dynamic world of logistics, understanding the ins and outs of Full Truckload (FTL) shipping is crucial. At US Cargo Link, we’re here to simplify your logistics experience, offering tailored solutions that meet your unique requirements. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote and let us be your partner in seamless and efficient cargo transportation.