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LTL Packaging Tips


Packaging Types and Labels for LTL Shipments


When shipping LTL, packaging can help you minimize cost and is the first line of defense for your shipment while it is in transit. Proper packaging helps to prevent/limit product from damage during the many movements involved with the LTL truckload environment. Work to select the appropriate packaging that will protect your shipment from unforeseen circumstances that can arise in the process of shipping.

Below are some LTL Shipping options to consider:

Shipping Crates and Barrels


Wooden crates provide a high level of protection for shipments. Enclosing items in wooden crates is effective to prevent/limit damage and loss. Items that are expensive, fragile, and easily damaged are frequently shipped in crates.

The drawback to crating is expense due to increased dimensions and weight of the shipment.

Palletizing smaller units onto skids with Shrink Wrap, Bands, & Load Straps


Consider palletizing smaller shipping units like boxes then using plastic shrink-wrap and/or bands made of plastic, aluminum, or steel to secure the load together for protection.

Wenches and clips can be used to further secure and tighten banding to the shipment. Load straps are used to secure the wrapped load to the LTL trailer itself to prevent shifting during transit.

Smaller units are typically boxes but can include rolls of fabric, bundles, tubes, tubs etc.

Pallets are typically wood, steel, or plastic.

Shipping Labels


Proper labeling can help prevent freight from being lost or misplaced. The address and phone number of both the shipper and consignee should be clearly affixed to the shipment, as well as any special instructions or warning labels.


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