Did you know the most common commodity hauled by trucks in America is air? That’s right, upwards of 30% of the space in trailers moving on our highways today is air. Empty space. How does this happen? First, it is not uncommon for trailers to simply move partially empty without being fully loaded. The shipper may not fill up the entire trailer, and the carrier may not have another load to fill the trailer. Second, carriers at times will move trailers completely empty with no cargo in order to pick up a load. This is called “Deadheading.”
FlatbedLTL is an excellent option for small and medium businesses (SMB’s) who don’t have the buying power or staffing levels of a larger shipper to find the right truck and price for their shipment. The team here at FlatbedLTL can do that work for you. The LTL industry in particular is facing major capacity challenges. Many LTL carriers are rejecting shipments of 6 or more pallet or shipments of long or difficult-to-handle cargo as it clogs up their freight network. If LTL carriers are willing to handle such shipments, you the shipper run the risk of being hit with large fees such as a Density Minimum Charge or Linear Foot Charge. FlatbedLTL can help you with those situations as well.
Moving empty space on trailers really amounts to waste. For starters, it wastes a lot of money, a lot of fuel, and a lot of time. It is a wasted opportunity to move real cargo. At FlatbedLTL, we help fill those empty spaces by putting less than truckload shipments, whether flatbed or van, on a trailer with other similar partial loads.
This benefits everyone: