What is the difference between LTL and TL shipping?

LTL refers to orders of less-than-truckload quantity typically co-mingled with other similar-sized shipments headed for the same destination. LTL orders can weigh from 150 pounds to 15,000 pounds.

Truckload (TL) shipping is for larger orders that require all or most of the trailer’s capacity. However, in certain circumstances, usually dictated by the receiver or for shippers to avoid compliance issues, shippers will ship LTL orders by themselves as TL to expedite delivery. TL orders can weigh up to 44,000 pounds.