Minimum Weight

The term minimum weight is used to describe the shipment weight the carrier’s tariff specifies as the minimum weight required to use the TL or CL rate. The purpose of setting a minimum weight is to ensure that the carrier only applies the discounted rate to shipments that meet a certain volume threshold.

Minimum weight can also be referred to as rate discount volume. In order to receive the TL or CL rate, the shipment must meet or exceed the minimum weight set by the carrier. If the shipment does not meet the minimum weight, then the customer will be charged a higher, non-discounted rate.

Setting a minimum weight is an important part of managing logistics and keeping costs down. By ensuring that only shipments of a certain size receive the discounted rate, carriers can avoid losing money on smaller shipments.

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