I’m sure that 9 out of 10 of you love to haul LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) freight.  Why wouldn’t you, right?  If you can pick up an ltl to add to an already decent load, then you are just putting money directly in your pocket.

I get a lot of questions about why we don’t have more ltl freight.  We do get some ltl freight, and we always want to be aggressive in getting more ltl freight.  Here is a good article on why it is getting even harder to get ltl freight in our industry.

  1. Matt Sizemore
    December 15, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I don’t think you see the word “exacerbated” often enough these days. Kudos to the author.

  2. Ronie
    January 7, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Good riddens to the ports.. Yes we have hauled out of there for years and for years they have been promiseing rate increases and we have yet to see any thing but more and more ruleings not in favor of the O/O so looks like i’ll be looking for other freight or just stay away from this communest state for good!! Wonder what the ports will do when they cant get enough newer trucks to pickup there (Hard to get a loan on newer equiptment) i tried 1/2/10 and was turned down , maby for the better?
    Whats next ? fingerprint scanners to start you truck? or maby you’ll have to go to a government lot after time off they’ll check your licence, passport, twic card, run a NCIC background check , drug screen with hair sample, and only when you check out will you get the keys to your truck….

  3. Big John
    January 7, 2010 at 12:32 am

    This article, as I read it, was more concerned with LTL carriers (YRC, Conway, FedEx, etc.). As there has rarely been much correlation between their business and ours, I guess I just don’t see it. I would like to think all offices are really pushing for LTL, and I know of some that do, fervently. Others have said they find it a wasted effort because so much of the LTL they do get we lose because of a combinations of pricing and/or destinations. We also see that occasional LTL that really should have been shipped as T/L because you can’t put anything with it. Plus we have a lot of drivers that just don’t want to fool with it. I personally love LTL and the increased revenue.

  4. Don Julian
    January 8, 2010 at 10:50 am

    We agree totally. If it’s an LTL and a trk load – then pass, if not, do what you can with it. There is $$$ to be made – if you want to work it and for it.

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