LTL Shipping & Density


In the words of George McFly, “I’m your density. I mean, your destiny.” Clearly, he wasn’t talking to Lorraine about shipping, but if he were, he might have been talking about how your package density impacts your shipping destiny!

For those of you struggling to remember your early science education, tells us that “density is essentially a measurement of how tightly matter is crammed together.”

The Factors

In a recent post, we talked about LTL shipping. If you remember, LTL shipping is “Less than Truck Load” shipping, and it’s one of our most commonly provided services at Expedite. What you probably don’t know is there are at least 10 factors that can affect your LTL freight shipping rates:

  1. Weight
  2. Density
  3. Classification of Freight
  4. Distance
  5. Base Rates
  6. Freight All Kinds
  7. Minimums
  8. Negotiated Rate Tariffs with LTL Carriers
  9. Negotiated Discounts
  10. Accessorials / Surcharges


The “Weight” of Density

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) established a freight classification system which allows shippers to have standardized freight shipment prices with carriers. In the past few years, density has become a more important factor in determining freight class since it’s used to set the range of classification.

The conversation about density’s impact on shipping rates even caused UPS and FedEx to adopt density based LTL pricing despite the barriers involved.

Your Shipping Destiny

Ultimately we hope that your shipment’s destiny can be facilitated by our Buffalo based logistics company. We serve all of Buffalo and WNY specializing in LTL freight shipping. If you have questions, are looking for a quote, or want to schedule a pick-up, be sure to get in touch with us.

Or just take some time to learn a little more about us first.