Ground Freight Shipping

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Depending upon your requirements for timing, budget, and special handling, we may recommend ground freight shipping by truck or by train as a way for you to reduce costs to move your goods. Ground freight shipping is a cost-effective way to move material that is not time-sensitive. Through partial truckload shipping, less-than-truckload shipping, full truckload shipping, or shipping by rail, your freight can be moved in a variety of ways that save you money.

The average time it takes to move goods through ground freight shipping is 3 to 10 days, with variability dependent on pickup and delivery locations. Since it takes more time, the cost of ground freight shipping is typically less than shipping by sea or by air.

As a Detroit-based freight forwarder, ground freight shipping is an important service we offer. Types of ground freight shipping include:

  • Less-than-Truckload shipping (LTL)

Less-than-truckload shipments combine multiple shippers’ loads for delivery on the same trailer. Less-than-truckload shipping may be a good option for lighter-weight shipments, since shippers pay only for the space they are using.

  • Full Truckload shipping (FTL)

As a ground freight shipping company, we can ship an entire truckload of your cargo with one carrier, which offers more capacity for cargo and flexibility for pick-up and delivery. Full truckload shipping offers the capability to handle heavier loads and is often an attractive option for shippers with a lot of cargo to ship—especially those who can fill an entire truck.

  • Partial Truckload Shipping (PTL)

Partial truckload shipping offers a high level of service. Since it does not stop at distribution terminals along their route, there’s less handling and no time wasted waiting for the arrival, pick-up, or delivery of other shipments with partial truckload shipping. That leads to faster times for delivery.

  • Rail

As part of our company service in ground freight shipping, we also provide intermodal service, which may include a combination of trucking and rail. We’ll help find the best option that works for you.

Additional services offered by our company in ground freight shipping for Detroit and elsewhere:

Air ride

As needed, our ground freight service offer includes air ride vans and trucks, which use a suspension system that makes for a smooth, consistent ride to keep cargo flat and stable throughout its journey.


Flatbed shipping is a good option for ground freight shipping cargo that may not require enclosure during shipment, cannot be loaded or unloaded from a dock, or does not fit within the standard dimensions of truck trailers. It allows cranes and forklifts to load goods from any angle.


Rollers can ease loading and unloading for certain kinds of ground freight shipments, reduce the need for manual labor, and increase safety and efficiency.


Our company’s ground freight shipping offers liftgate service, which includes a truck affixed with hydraulic or electric equipment installed on the back. That enables freight to be lifted from off the ground to the tailgate, or lowered from the truck’s tailgate to the ground.


See how ICAT Logistics Detroit has helped our customers with their ground freight shipping needs.