Advisor Glossary Terms

Glossary Terms


Generally a back haul is any return load taken after the delivery has been made. Most Backhauls go empty. They book loads one at a time from load boards.

Bill of Lading

“BOL,” a legally binding document that lays out every aspect of contractual agreement between the shipper and the carrier.

Full Truckload Shipping

Freight or cargo that completely fills up a 48- or 53-foot trailer, commonly contracted to a single shipper.

LTL Freight

“Less Than Truckload,” a freight mode for shipments that don’t require the full space of a trailer. This kind of freight is typically moved by a common carrier.


A list of cargo being carried by a fleet vehicle or vessel.


Wooden platforms designed to support loose cargo during transit, often handled with forklifts.


Industry slang for a temperature-controlled container.

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