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FTL, PTL, LTL, parcel: How to choose the right shipping option

Jun 24, 2019 at 09:38 AM CST

There is no shortage of shipping options when it comes to moving your freight, and choosing the right service provider is a challenge for every business. While the available shipping options have stayed consistent over the years — shippers have traditionally had the choice of parcel, FTL, PTL, and LTL shipping — the ever-evolving logistics industry has led to changes in what qualifies freight to be moved by these methods. Fluctuating rule tariffs (set by individual carriers) and new pricing strategies are also implemented on an annual basis, which means businesses occasionally need to alter their shipping strategy based on the (new) best option for their freight. Here’s a quick refresher course to keep you up to speed.