What Is Dry LTL Shipping?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Logistics
What is Dry LTL Shipping

Today in our blog we are going to talk about dry LTL shipping and why it is an important part of the supply chain. First we need to define a few terms.


LTL means “less than full load.” Sometimes products are shipped where they completely fill the container on the back of a truck. With LTL shipping, you need to ship in a closed container—compared to open on a flatbed truck—but you don’t have a full load.


“Dry” shipping means the container you are shipping in does not have to be temperature controlled. Some products require temperatures that are kept within a narrow range. For example, frozen meat needs a specific below-freezing temperature. Produce, like fruits and vegetables need a cold but above-freezing temperature. Electrical components may need temperatures that are not too hot and not too cold.

When you use dry shipping, the temperature inside the container is not relevant. Dry shipping is much more common than temperature-controlled shipping, and dry is much cheaper, too.

So, dry LTL shipping is the freight transport of goods that are not in a temperature-controlled environment and also not making up a full load. Dry LTL shipping is always cheaper and more efficient. For example if you have temperature-control requirements for LTL shipping, your product must be shipped with other products having the exact same temperature requirements. Tomatoes cannot be shipped with frozen fish, for example.

Products that are shipped as a dry LTL load can be shipped with any other product that is a dry LTL load. That’s why it’s easier, cheaper, and more efficient.

If you want to know more about dry LTL shipping for your products, give us a call in Vancouver at (604) 439-8938.

For over 30 years, 18 Wheels Logistics has strived to be the most customer-centric trucking, warehousing, and logistics company around. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 18 Wheels relies on experience and integrity to make customers happy and remain on the cutting edge of shipping and logistics management.

If you have any questions about this article or you would like to talk to us about your shipping needs, please call us at (604) 439-8938.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.