Avalon is your source comprehensive range of time-definite and cost-saving options, we can meet your freight requirements with reliability and professionalism.
We can address any challenges you have with transporting your freight by providing innovative ideas and the means to develop and implement solutions to get the job done. Our tracking systems and proactive approach to customer service provides you with timely updates about the status of your freight. These systems also provide our customer service teams the tools to keep your shipment on schedule while providing real-time communications.
Avalon is building its reputation by managing full truckloads. As a provider of transportation and logistics services, we have contracts with many domestic and international carriers, representing more than 500,000 power units, to move freight. We attract loyal carriers by providing large freight volumes and prompt payment.
Avalon knows the local carriers and rates. Everyday, we communicate with carriers to identify thousands of pieces of available equipment and their locations to match trucks with freight and to locate equipment. We help carriers keep their assets rolling while helping its clients obtain the best truck for any shipment, at the most cost-effective price.
Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) shipping is the transportation of relatively small freight. LTL shipments typically weigh between 100 and 10,000 lb (4,500 kg). LTL carriers collect freight from various shippers and consolidate that freight onto enclosed trailers for linehaul to the delivering terminal or to a hub terminal where the freight will be further sorted and consolidated for additional linehauls. Transit times for LTL freight are longer than Full Trailer Loads (FTL). LTL transit times are dependent upon the makeup of the network of Terminals and Breakbulks that are operated by a given carrier and that carrier’s beyond agents and interline partners. LTL transit times are NOT directly related to the distance between shipper and consignee.
For example, if a shipment is picked up and delivered by the same freight terminal, or if the freight must be sorted and routed only once while in transit, the freight will likely be delivered on the next business day after pickup. If the freight must be sorted and routed more than once, or if more than one linehaul is required for transportation to the delivering terminal, then the transit time will be longer. Also, delivery to beyond points or remote areas will almost always add days to the transit time.
The main advantage to using an LTL carrier is that a shipment may be transported for a fraction of the cost than hiring an entire truck and trailer for an exclusive shipment (FTL carriers). Also, a number of accessorial services are available from LTL carriers, which are not typically offered by FTL carriers. These services are usually billed at a predetermined flat fee or for a weight based surcharge calculated as a rate per pound or per hundredweight. These optional services include liftgate service at pickup or delivery, residential service at pickup or delivery (also known as “non-commercial”), inside delivery, notification prior to delivery, freeze protection, and others.