Less than truckload or less than load (LTL) shipping is defined as cargo of any volume that is shipped together with the cargoes of other clients before being delivered to end recipients as a part of the groupage lot. Unless it is particularly dangerous or perishable, practically any kind of cargo can be shipped with this delivery method.
As AsstrA Italy Country Manager Luba Zakharava points out,
“Groupage cargo transport management has been one of AsstrA's core service offerings for many years. International transportation and logistics services provider AsstrA-Associated Traffic AG works with clients of all sizes, from individual traders to multinational manufacturers and importers. This method of delivery minimizes transport costs by using vehicle space efficiently and ensures the safety of the goods carried.”
Groupage cargo involves the consolidation of several small shipments from different consignors on one vehicle bound for the same destination. As AsstrA Lead Manager of Baltics Groupage Cargo Justas Cibulskas notes,
“LTL transportation project managers must pay careful attention to shipments and their measurements. How much space cargo will take and how much space will be left in the truck for other shipments are important details. Also, project managers should know how loads with heavy parts must be placed in order to avoid overloading a truck axle. In a groupage truck we usually have between two and 10 different groupage cargo shipments. We use local partners for shipment collection, so we ask them to collect anything from small boxes to groups of 3 or 4 pallets. Even on late Friday evenings, we aim to use all the space in our trucks.”
AsstrA-Associated Traffic AG offers LTL transport services for shipments from the EU to the CIS, the Baltics, Asia, and everywhere in continental Europe.
“The route does not matter. At AsstrA we serve numerous destinations with LTL transport. Recently, we sent around 10 loads from Italy to Turkey for an Italian client who is building a big pipe for gas between Turkey and Russia. When it comes to the types of cargo, we are also very flexible. We can transport all kinds of loads including machinery, spare parts, clothes, metal goods, and chemicals including ADR goods except for those in the ADR1 and ADR7 classes. At this moment, we do not provide the transportation of frozen goods but we are constantly developing our offerings. AsstrA offers LTL services with good prices and good transit times of around 3-4 days – with or without transshipment. Additionally, we have a partner consolidation warehouse in Lainate, Milano,” points out Alan Terzi, Freight Forwarder in the AsstrA Express Delivery and Groupage Cargo Division.
Wide geographical coverage, a broad spectrum of capabilities, low costs, and high security levels are all possible with less than truckload shipping services from AsstrA.
“AsstrA helps its clients enjoy all the advantages of international groupage cargo services. Our employees analyze clients’ needs and cargo characteristics, optimize shipping routes, and estimate costs. AsstrA delivers all goods in strict conformity with the terms of agreed timeframes regardless of shipment destination. Thanks to close cooperation with reliable carriers and other partners, we offer a flexible pricing policy and maintain a high level of LTL service quality,” concludes Luba Zakharava.