Category: Logistics

Topic: Freight, LTL

Linear Feet LTL Contracts

Linear Feet LTL Pricing

Linear Feet LTL Pricing

Linear Feet LTL contracts present notable advantages for shippers. These linear feet based contracts offer particular benefits for shipments with high freight class or unconventional dimensions resulting in low density. In shipping scenarios where conventional density-based pricing proves inadequate due to irregular shapes or high freight class, linear-based contracts emerge as an optimal choice.

LTL Mixed Article Rules

The LTL mixed article rule, also known as the mixed freight rule, guides how different types of freight combine in less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping. It allows combining freight items with different classes in one shipment. The shipper must individually package and identify them, then rate the shipment based on the highest applicable class. This rule ensures fair pricing and proper handling of mixed freight in LTL. The shipper can quickly determine the freight class and select the highest one. But, they pay the highest class for the shipment. Linear feet LTL pricing lets the shipper pay for the space used instead. Partnering with a 3PL freight broker like Translogistics is crucial for shippers seeking a strategic enterprise shipping solution.

Real Life Shipping Example:

For example, a client of TLI shipping giant reels of wire might opt for a linear-based contract because of the unique loading method, such as the pinwheel style, which results in irregularly shaped freight. This enables them to pay based on the linear feet occupied in the trailer rather than its freight class or density, ensuring accurate budgeting and management of shipping costs, regardless of their freight’s high freight class characteristics.

How do I Calculate Linear Feet?

To utilize Linear Feet based LTL pricing, a shipper needs to determine the linear feet they are using.

Calculating Linear Feet is easy when routing standard 48×48 sized pallets:

  • Divide the total number of pallets by 2.
  • Multiply this number by the pallet length in inches.
  • Divide this number by 12, and you have determined this shipment’s linear feet.

In this calculation, a 6 pallet order of standard pallets would take up 12 linear feet. Depending on the width of the pallet, the shipment may utilize less or more linear feet space.

Linear feet Based Pricing Benefit

Linear-based LTL contracts distinguish themselves from point-to-point LTL pricing by their independence from specific origin and destination points. They provide a flexible solution. This solution adapts to various shipping routes and configurations. It caters to businesses with diverse shipping needs and logistics challenges. The primary aim of linear-based contracts is to provide shippers with a simplified and cost-effective LTL shipping option. They tailor this option to meet the specific demands of their freight and shipping operations. Every shipper requires a unique solution to their program. This is why TLI’s Transportation RFP is critical. It ensures scalability of freight in a cost-effective manner.