truckload (TL) carrier

(logistics/trucking) A trucking company that specializes in hauling a trailer load or more of freight at a time for individual shippers, typically delivering to a final destination location directly rather than to a terminal. Compare to an LTL (less than truckload) carrier that carries consolidated cargo for a number of shippers on the same truck and typically delivers the entire load to a terminal before making individual deliveries.

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