The Shapes and Sizes of LTL Freight

LTL freight can weigh between 150 lbs. and 20,000 lbs., and comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some examples, along with tips on packing.
Cartons
Crates
Bags
Spools and reels
Drums
Pipes and long freight
Tires
Commodities

Cartons

  • Use the column or interlocking stack method.
  • Add stretchwrap for additional protection.
  • Avoid overhang to reduce the risk of damage.

Quick Tip

PLAN IT.
FedEx Freight shipments should mostly be palletized and can weight up to 20,000 lbs., and measure up to 20 feet in length.

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The Shapes and Sizes of LTL Freight

LTL freight can weigh between 150 lbs. and 20,000 lbs., and comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some examples, along with tips on packing.
Cartons
Crates
Bags
Spools and reels
Drums
Pipes and long freight
Tires
Commodities

Crates

  • Use high-quality lumber (plywood).
  • Use diagonal braces and appropriate fasteners for the corners.

Quick Tip

PREPARE IT.
To ensure safe and efficient shipping across town or across the country, properly organize, stack, label and prepare your freight shipments.

Why Choose FedEx Freight?

Anything that can make your shipping experience simpler and your workday smoother is a good thing. Like choosing FedEx Freight as your single-source provider.

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The Shapes and Sizes of LTL Freight

LTL freight can weigh between 150 lbs. and 20,000 lbs., and comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some examples, along with tips on packing.
Cartons
Crates
Bags
Spools and reels
Drums
Pipes and long freight
Tires
Commodities

Bags

  • Use the interlocking stack method.
  • Add a solid bottom cushion or load protector.
  • Tightly secure bags to the pallet.

Quick Tip

SECURE IT.
To protect your shipment from natural vibration that occurs in transit, use proper cushioning, blocking, bracing, banding, stretchwrapping, and standard wood or plastic pallets.

Why Choose FedEx Freight?

Anything that can make your shipping experience simpler and your workday smoother is a good thing. Like choosing FedEx Freight as your single-source provider.

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The Shapes and Sizes of LTL Freight

LTL freight can weigh between 150 lbs. and 20,000 lbs., and comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some examples, along with tips on packing.
Cartons
Crates
Bags
Spools and reels
Drums
Pipes and long freight
Tires
Commodities

Spools and reels

  • Securely anchor to forkliftable pallets.

Quick Tip

SHIP IT.
Use descriptive labels to help identify special handling needs, and complete the Bill of Lading with an accurate piece count and description to help ensure that your freight arrives on time and intact.

Why Choose FedEx Freight?

Anything that can make your shipping experience simpler and your workday smoother is a good thing. Like choosing FedEx Freight as your single-source provider.

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The Shapes and Sizes of LTL Freight

LTL freight can weigh between 150 lbs. and 20,000 lbs., and comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some examples, along with tips on packing.
Cartons
Crates
Bags
Spools and reels
Drums
Pipes and long freight
Tires
Commodities

Drums

  • If palletized, band and protect the drums.
  • Support them with a solid bottom.
  • Use banding, edge protection and stretchwrapping.
  • Do not exceed three pails in height.

Quick Tip

FREIGHT PACKAGING ESSENTIALS.

You can find more detailed information on preparing and palletizing your freight shipments in the FedEx Service Guide or in the 
Packaging Guidelines for Shipping Freight.

Why Choose FedEx Freight?

Anything that can make your shipping experience simpler and your workday smoother is a good thing. Like choosing FedEx Freight as your single-source provider.

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The Shapes and Sizes of LTL Freight

LTL freight can weigh between 150 lbs. and 20,000 lbs., and comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some examples, along with tips on packing.
Cartons
Crates
Bags
Spools and reels
Drums
Pipes and long freight
Tires
Commodities

Pipes and long freight

  • Bundle, secure and crate.

Quick Tip

MORE FREIGHT OPTIONS.

If your shipments require more specialized handling or have expedited needs, you can find out more about these freight options in the 
FedEx Service Guide.

Why Choose FedEx Freight?

Anything that can make your shipping experience simpler and your workday smoother is a good thing. Like choosing FedEx Freight as your single-source provider.

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The Shapes and Sizes of LTL Freight

LTL freight can weigh between 150 lbs. and 20,000 lbs., and comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some examples, along with tips on packing.
Cartons
Crates
Bags
Spools and reels
Drums
Pipes and long freight
Tires
Commodities

Tires

  • Band and stretchwrap a tire or multiple tires to a pallet.
  • Consider an anti-skid surface for tall stacks to reduce product movement.

Quick Tip

FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE PRICE OF AN LTL SHIPMENT.

Several factors will affect your rate. For example, shipment weight and size, the destination, the pickup and delivery details, and the commodity you ship. Knowing these will help ensure the best quote possible for your freight shipment. To learn more and step through the process, download our 
Start Shipping Guide.

Why Choose FedEx Freight?

Anything that can make your shipping experience simpler and your workday smoother is a good thing. Like choosing FedEx Freight as your single-source provider.

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The Shapes and Sizes of LTL Freight

LTL freight can weigh between 150 lbs. and 20,000 lbs., and comes in all shapes and sizes. Here are some examples, along with tips on packing.
Cartons
Crates
Bags
Spools and reels
Drums
Pipes and long freight
Tires
Commodities

Commodities

  • Automobile parts
  • Computers, laptops and video games
  • Consumer goods
  • Electronics
  • Industrial equipment and supplies
  • Manufacturing equipment and supplies
  • Paper and plastics
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Telecommunications products

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The Shapes & Sizes of LTL Freight

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The Shapes & Sizes of LTL Freight

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The Shapes & Sizes of LTL Freight

Between small-package and full-truckload carriers, there’s a class of freight shipping known as less-than-truckload, or LTL. Let’s learn more about it.
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The Shapes & Sizes of LTL Freight

Between small-package and full-truckload carriers, there’s a class of freight shipping known as less-than-truckload, or LTL. Let’s learn more about it.
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Get the Total Package with FedEx Freight

Learn more about how FedEx Freight can help you get the most out of your less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipping experience.
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Technology
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The Shapes & Sizes of LTL Freight

Between small-package and full-truckload carriers, there’s a class of freight shipping known as less-than-truckload, or LTL. Let’s learn more about it.
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