In economics, the words cargo and freight refer in particular to goods or produce being conveyed – generally for commercial gain – by water, air or land. Freight was originally a shipload. Freight now covers all types of freight, including that carried by rail, van, truck, or intermodal container. Multi-modal container units, designed as reusable carriers to facilitate unit load handling of the goods contained, are also referred to as cargo, specially by shipping lines and logistics operators.
The main types of Freight
Some of the different freight options available include:
- Less Than Truckload Freight - Less than truckload (LTL) is one of the most popular forms of freight shipping because it is an extremely cost-effective, reliable, and timely service.
- Full Truckload Freight - Full truckload (FTL) freight shipping uses the entire space available in the truck to carry the freight from one shipper to one location.
- Intermodal Rail Freight - Intermodal rail freight shipping can be a cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly solution for shipping bulk construction or hazardous materials.
- Air Freight - The fastest freight shipping option is to ship your cargo using air freight.
- Ocean Freight - The most cost-effective solution for shipping freight around the globe is to use ocean freight.
- Expedited Freight - Expedited freight, also known as hotshot services, allow for different types of freight to be moved at a high speed.