FTL Shipments

FTL stands for full truckload. This shipping method is used when customer orders will occupy more than half or up to the full capacity of a 48 foot or 53-foot trailer. This method is commonly used when shippers have enough items to fill a truck, want their shipment in a dedicated trailer, the freight is time sensitive, or it is the most cost effective option. There is also slightly less chance for damage to occur while in transit.

To help you navigate the fireworks shipping process, you find detailed information regarding full truckload shipments below.

Benefits of Truckload Shipping

  • Faster transit times: Goods that are shipped via full truckload generally arrive at their destination quicker than goods that are shipped via LTL’s hub-and-spoke model.
  • Minimize risk of damaged product: Full truckload shipments are generally less susceptible to damages as they are handled less times than LTL shipments.
  • Better Rates: If shipments are large enough to require the entire use of the trailer, it could be more cost effective than booking multiple LTL shipments.


Below you will find a handful of the most commonly asked questions around full truckload shipping. Commonly asked questions regarding truckload shipping

  • How does full truckload work?
    • Full truckload is chosen for large shipments that fill an entire trailer, time sensitive freight and when the weight of the goods make it more cost effective than LTL.
  • Why is full truckload faster?
    • Full truckload freight is sent directly to its destination (vs. routing through a hub system), which results in shorter transit time.
  • What is the difference between LTL and FTL shipping?
    • Freight that does not require the entire space of a truck is known as LTL shipping, whereas full truckload (FTL) shipments take up the space or weight limit of an entire trailer.

Notification of Shipment

When your order has shipped, you will receive an email from your salesperson reflecting the carrier and tracking information. There will be an attachment to the email including the following important documents:

  • Winco Fireworks Shipment Inspection Policy: Review and keep for your records. If you need to file a claim, all policy rules must be followed in order to recoup requested funds.
  • Delivery List: Reflects information for product shipped.
  • Packing List: Reflects quantity shipped for each product and our substitutions.

Damage Claims

Whether your fireworks are shipped LTL or FTL, the process for submitted a claim for damaged product is the same.

If the shipment appears to be damaged upon receipt, the driver must make a notation describing the damage on the actual Bill of Lading itself.  Do not sign the Bill of Lading upon delivery until you have thoroughly visually inspected your shipment for damage.

All damage claims must be made within 72 hours of receipt of your merchandise. Any notification delay may result in a loss to you. Winco is not responsible for damage or loss caused by the freight company, however we will work with you to help resolve the issue and file a claim on your behalf. The following criteria must be met for Winco to help file the claim:

  • A detailed description of the damage must be documented on the Bill of Lading
  • Bill of Lading must be signed by the driver
  • Pictures of damage must be submitted to Winco

Product Claims

Whether your fireworks are shipped LTL or FTL, the process for submitting a product claim is the same. Please see details below:

All product discrepancies – overages or shortage claims must be made within 72 hours of receipt of your merchandise. Claims must be made through your Winco Fireworks sales representative.

If no claims are made within 72 hours, you will not be issued any form of credit.

Do not check your shipment for accuracy during the unloading process.  This could result in detention/demurrage charges and Winco Fireworks is NOT responsible for this additional charge. Customers will be billed for any additional charges incurred by delaying the delivery process.

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