What Is Considered Freight?

Published: October 11, 2021
Last updated: March 24, 2024

Freight shipping is transporting goods, commodities, and cargo in bulk by ship, aircraft, truck, or intermodal via train and road. It can be transported domestically or internationally by land, air, or sea. Any shipment over 150 lbs. is considered freight.

Services that freight companies provide include Less than truckload(LTL), Truckload(TL), Full truckload(FTL), Air Freight Shipping, and more. Some of these types are discussed below.

Less Than Truckload

Less than truckload (LTL) is one of the most popular freight shipping forms because it is an extremely cost-effective, reliable, and timely service. It’s perfect for when your shipment isn’t large enough to fill up a whole semi-trailer but still needs to be moved from point A to point B. 

LTL carriers can provide economical rates by grouping shipments together with other shippers who have similar transportation needs. 


Truckload (TL) is the most common type of freight transportation. It’s a great option for businesses that ship large quantities of goods, as it allows them to move their products in bulk without worrying about finding enough space on other types of carriers. 

TL also provides more flexibility than less-common options, so if you have an irregular schedule or are looking for a one-time shipment, this might be the best choice for you.

Full Truckload

Full Truckload Freight is fast, flexible, and reliable. You can choose from various carriers specializing in different types of freight, so you know exactly what type of service you’re getting. 

And because it doesn’t require any consolidation or repackaging, there are no extra fees or delays, just simple door-to-door delivery with one bill at the end.

Air Freight Shipping

Air Freight shipping is the fastest way to move cargo across the world. It’s also one of the most expensive modes of transportation, so it’s important to understand how much space you need and what types of products can be shipped via air. 

You want to make sure that your cargo is safe during transport. That’s why transporters have been trained extensively on properly securing any type of load so that nothing gets damaged along the way.

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Managing Editor Before joining Keep Driving, Elaine was an editor for an international internet technology consulting firm. She shows tremendous interest in writing about future technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learnings.
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