LTL transport (Less Than Truck Load) concerns goods that do not occupy the entire cargo area, but only a part of it. In logistics terminology, you can also find the name PTL (Partial Load), or groupage transport. It happens that the terms LTL and PTL are often used interchangeably. LTL transport relies on the fact that the available cargo space is divided between the different senders. An entrepreneur who chooses LTL transport pays for the used cargo space, so it can be more profitable than FTL transport.
It is a perfect solution for small goods, e.g. several pallets. A disadvantage could be the longer transport time of goods compared to FTL transport. A driver who has goods from several customers on board must take the time to deliver the goods to the designated points. It does not go directly from the hold to the warehouse, for example. However, for goods whose value does not decline with extended lead times, it does not matter.
LTL transport is worth using when the goods are too heavy to be picked up by a courier, and too small to qualify for FTL transport. This method of transport is also cost-effective when the shipment does not require fast delivery, the goods have different addressees, and small shipments can be packed together and placed on pallets.