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Thinking of starting a side hustle and want to gauge the costs of shipping freight. What’s the best way to estimate FTL and LTL shipping costs?

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DAT is a good resource. You could talk to some sales reps at 3PLs.

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Google DAT loadboard. They have industry insights beyond the loadboard as well.

LTL go to some of the common truck companies, YF, Dominion etc but also check with UPS and FedEx what LTL costs they offer. If your starting out you really think you'll fill a full truck? In my experience you need to be 2/3 full before FTL becomes cheaper.

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Thanks very helpful! At this stage I’m really just trying to build a business case / model so I can understand what revenue / costs might be over the next few years. Hope to get to 2-3 FTL between year 2-3.

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