Industry Change Impacts LTL Shipments
The industry linear foot rule has changed. Read below to see how this will effect your LTL shipments and how you can avoid extra charges.
Linear (lineal) Foot: The dimensions of each handling unit calculated using the maximum length, width, and height.
The industry linear foot rule has changed from an average of 12-14’ to an average of 11-12’. This change emphasizes the importance of your shipment measurements being accurate. Some LTL carriers are now using large-scale static dimension scanning devices to audit your freight more frequently and precisely.
To stay within budget, always measure your freight before shipping. Be sure to measure the actual pallet or the freight on the pallet (whichever is greater) and keep in mind that any overhang must be included in your measurements.
If the dimensions are inaccurate on your BOL (Bill of Lading), and the LTL carrier does an inspection and finds information to be incorrect, your cost could increase 25-50%. If you have any questions or concerns that your freight might exceed the linear foot rule, please contact our operations team for help before the shipment is picked up. We can run a volume quote based on your dimensions to ensure that you are getting the most cost-effective pricing.