All About Full Truckload Or Abf Freight Shipping

What Is Meant By FLT Abf freight?

The full truckload freight forwarding companies deliver semi trailers to shippers who fill trailers with Abf freight for a particular destination. Once the trailer gets loaded, the driver will go back to the shipper for collection of necessary paperwork. This paperwork includes documentation such as invoice, bill of lading, customs paperwork etc. After this procedure, the driver will leave with the trailer encompassing the Abf freight. Most times, the driver goes directly to the consignee and will end up delivering the Abf freight themselves. At other times, the driver transfers trailer to some other driver and this person ends up driving the Abf freight the remaining part of the route. The FTL or full truckload timeframes will be limited by the individual ability of the driver as per regulations pertaining to the service hours as well as overall distance. The accepted speed is that the drivers of full truckload have to transport Abf freight at typical speeds averaging 47 miles each hour. This is inclusive of time constraints posed by intersection queues or traffic jams.

Compared to LTL Abf freight shipments, the FTL ones have a bigger advantage. This advantage lies in the fact that in FTL, the Abf freight will never be handled on the route. However, in the case of LTL shipments, the Abf freight gets transported via various trailers.

Pricing Volumes

In the case of certain freight forwarding companies, you can avail of volume pricing schemes. This is applicable in instances where the shipments are above the prescribed parameters of standard pricing based on LTL tariffs. These Abf freight companies charge different tariffs and it is only certain companies, which will be willing to provide volume pricing. Such volume rates get offered based on the basis of spot quotes. Aspects such as dimensions as well as weight of items shipped by the Abf freight are ascertained before fixing the volume price. Factors such as unused space within the Abf freight vessel are also calculated when determining this pricing. The direct basis of the volume price rate depends on the overall trailer capacity for the transportation of the goods. Typical estimations of volume pricing will depend on shipments occupying six and more different pallet spots as well as those shipments, which have a weight equal or above 7000 pounds.

Cost Savings With LTL And FTL Carrier Integration

If you are having bulk Abf freight, which is more than the capacity of regular LTL carrier, you can opt for FTL carrier to transfer the Abf freight to bulk facility of the LTL carrier. As an example, if a shipper from North Carolina has bulk shipments meant for places like NV, CA, WA or ID, OR etc., you can avail substantial cost savings by leveraging FTL freight forwarding companies. In the above example, the shipper might want to send off their Abf freight to break bulk located in CA. This entails cost savings because this Abf freight will traverse lesser number of miles within the network of the LTL carrier. Due to the fact that this Abf freight does not get reloaded or unloaded that often, it provides an additional advantage. It not only reduces costs but also lessens risks of damage when in transit.