Great for shipments that require an entire truck

What is volume shipping?

Volume freight is a shipment that’s larger and heavier than standard LTL, but not enough to fill a full truckload trailer and be justified for a full truckload shipment. Volume shipments are usually ranging from 6 pallets (or more than 5,000 lbs) to 24 pallets of goods. Mostly, these shipments are handled by LTL carriers because they have more experience with complex shipments and quoting.

What are the benefits of volume freight?

Volume can be a working solution for shippers who often ship last-minute, high-class shipments and have time to wait for a spot rate. It can be a cost-efficient option since it lets you bypass density-based pricing. If you are moving light items, it can be a better shipping solution than LTL. Despite the complexity, volume shipping can become a cheaper and faster option for some of your shipments.


Many shippers assume volume shipping offers all the benefits of LTL without density-based pricing. However, these two modes are different. For instance, the volume freight carrier may refuse to apply accessorial services for your shipment. That means if you need inside delivery or lift gate, choosing volume shipping won’t serve your needs.

Volume freight can be beneficial for certain types of shipments. Just make sure to discuss all the details with your carrier or shipping company in advance.