Which Shipping Method is Used For Your Package?

LTL Shipping and Ground Shipping are two different methods of shipping that cater to different needs. LTL shipping is ideal for larger and heavier items, while ground shipping is better suited for smaller and lighter packages. By understanding the differences between the two, you would know what to expect.

What is LTL Shipping?
LTL shipping stands for Less Than Truckload shipping. This means that your shipment is not large enough to fill an entire truck, and will be combined with other shipments from different companies going to the same destination. LTL carriers typically transport goods that weigh between 150 and 15,000 pounds. With LTL shipping, you only pay for the space your shipment takes up in the truck, which makes it a cost-effective option for larger and heavier items.


  1. Delivery Time: Unlike ground shipping, LTL shipments usually take longer to arrive due to multiple stops and transfers between carriers. Make sure to keep track of the delivery schedule and plan accordingly.

  2. Carrier Contact: The carrier will usually contact you prior to delivery to schedule a delivery time and confirm that someone will be available to receive the shipment. Be sure to provide accurate and up-to-date contact information when placing your order.

  3. Delivery Location: Ensure that the delivery location is accessible by a large truck and that there are no obstructions or low-hanging branches that may impede delivery. If you live in an area with difficult or limited access, make sure to inform the carrier in advance.

  4. Unloading: LTL shipments are delivered on pallets, and the driver is not responsible for unloading the shipment, but as a complimentary, we make sure that liftgate service is added.

  5. Make sure that you have the necessary equipment (such as a pallet jack or forklift) and manpower to take care of the shipment.

  6. Inspection: Once the shipment is delivered, inspect it thoroughly for any damages or discrepancies. If you find any issues, be sure to note them on the delivery paperwork before signing.

What is Ground Shipping?
Ground shipping is a popular option for businesses that need to ship smaller packages, parcels, or envelopes. Ground shipping carriers typically have a weight limit of up to 150 pounds per package and a maximum size of up to 165 inches in length and girth combined. Ground shipping is usually faster than LTL shipping and is ideal for time-sensitive shipments.

Ground shipping carriers typically charge based on the weight and size of the package, as well as the distance it needs to travel. Most ground shipping carriers offer real-time package tracking and delivery confirmation, allowing businesses to track the status of their shipment from start to finish.


  1. Delivery Timeframe: Ground shipments typically have a specific delivery window, which varies based on the shipping carrier and the distance between the origin and destination. You can usually track the status of your shipment online using the tracking number provided by the carrier.

  2. Packaging: Ground shipments usually require proper packaging to ensure the contents are not damaged during transit. If you are shipping something fragile or valuable, it is recommended to use appropriate packaging materials such as bubble wrap, foam, or packing peanuts. Make sure to label your package with your information and the recipient’s information.

  3. Delivery Location: It is important to have a clear and accessible delivery location for the carrier to drop off the package. This means ensuring there is a safe and dry spot for the package to be left, and that any obstacles or barriers are cleared away.

  4. Signature Required: Some ground shipments may require a signature upon delivery, so it’s important to be available during the delivery window or arrange for someone else to sign for the package on your behalf.

  5. Inspection: Once you receive your ground shipment, it’s important to inspect the contents carefully for any damages or discrepancies. If there is any damage or missing items, contact the carrier immediately to file a claim.