Full truckload carriers transport freight weighing greater than 20,000 pounds in 48- to 53-foot trailers. When you’re transporting large quantities, using a full truckload carrier and shipping service enables you to take advantage of economies of scale. East Coast Transport makes use of FTL transportation, in particular, for perishable food products that require top-of-the-line refrigerated trucks. We ensure that our clients can easily locate a dedicated FTL trucking partner to reduce the time spent on managing shipping and receiving.
More than half of all trucking in the continental United States is done via full truckload shipping service. FTL requires that a single client has enough freight to fill an entire semi-trailer or intermodal container. Another option for clients is to use “less than truckload” or LTL freight fulfillment that allows several customers to mix freight in each container or trailer. The main advantage of full truckload carrier service is that our client’s freight is never handled after it is loaded until it is delivered at the end of its route. With this shipping method, refrigerated cargo is specially protected from the melt.
Advantages of Full Truckload Shipping
- Many shippers steer away from Full truckload shipping because it requires shippers to fill an entire truck, van, or flatbed trailer. However when a shipper has a high volume of freight, Full Truckload Delivery is often the most economical because carriers offer better rates. This is also true for high weight freight.
- Perfect for High-risk and Delicate Shipments where goods are not disturbed during transport as they can be with LTL shipping. In Full Truckload shipping, the cargo moves from Point A to Point B with no adjustment and no repackaging. For this reason, Full Truckload reduces risk to perishable goods.
- Quicker than LTL: Since there is no changing hands and planning, the freight moves incredibly rapidly to its destination.
Why Choose ECT as Your Full Truckload Carrier and Shipping Service?
The way East Coast Transport works with FTL loads is to contract a semi-trailer starting at the location of the shipper. Once the trailer is fully loaded with freight, and the driver has been given the bill of lading, invoice, and other paperwork, the truck is ready to leave. The driver follows a direct route to deliver the freight. Every once in a while, another driver will relieve the first driver and finish driving to the destination in order to stay on schedule. In fact, drivers have to follow regulations about how long they can continue driving, which places the biggest time constraint on freight delivery. On average, full trailers average a speed of 47 miles per hour.
Full Truckload carriers often specialize in certain types of freight because federal law determines which types of freight can be shipped together in the same load. As a full truckload carrier service, East Coast Transport has relationships with several carriers specializing in transporting perishable items, food products, metal, hazardous waste, liquids, etc. We help our clients choose the right FTL carrier at the lowest cost by accessing a network of thousands of possible full truckload providers.
Get started with East Coast Transport’s Full Truckload Shipping Service
By using East Coast Transport to help you find and use a dedicated full truckload carrier, your products will ship using the most reliable trucking service for freight over 20,000 pounds. East Coast Transport is on many lists of FTL companies and is referred due to our reputation and professional services. Give us a call to discuss your full truckload transport service needs!