What are LTL Services?
Less than Truckload (LTL) Services provide transportation of shipments typically falling between 50 and 10,000 pounds. These shipments are commingled to ensure that these small-sized shipments do not solely bear the full cost of transportation. With over 100 years of experience with such operations, Midwest Motor Express is well-suited to provide superior service for your LTL shipping needs.
Midwest Motor Express, directly and in concert with other KNX LTL brands, operates SC# strategically located facilities covering ST# states. Location-specific information, including transit time and local coverage maps, may be accessed below.
Midwest Motor Express offers a wide variety of additional services. Typically, these services include other charges and specific rules. Below are listed some of the more common services used by our customers.
- Guaranteed Services (see complete terms here)
- Restricted Access Services
- Full Value Coverage
- Inside Pickup or Delivery Services
- Lift Gate at Pickup or Delivery Services
- Marking and Tagging
- Notification Before Delivery
- Protect From Freezing
- Hazardous Materials Shipping
For more information and a complete list of rates and rules surrounding these and other additional services, please review our current LTL Freight Services 190 Rules Tariff and our Quick Reference Guide to Accessorial Rates.
Modern shipping is a highly integrated process. The rapid exchange of large volumes of information between various systems is critical. As an extended segment of your supply chain, we understand that this information requirement also extends to us. Accordingly, we provide many options to ensure information is efficiently managed.
Workspace, as the name infers, is where active shippers and other customers complete various shipping-related tasks. Workspace is designed to make these daily tasks as simple and easy to use as possible. There are too many functions to list here, so please take a moment and visit Workspace for a first-hand feel of just how simple and helpful it can be.
With Midwest Motor Express's Web Services, you have the flexibility to choose the development platform or programming model that best suits your needs. You can easily access the following information via Midwest Motor Express's Web Services:
- Rate Estimate
- Tracking and Tracing
- Transit Time
- Pickup Request
Midwest Motor Express can transmit EDI documents directly to customers via FTP, SFTP, and AS2 or through an approved Value Added Network (VAN). We can also send and pull documents from the customer’s server. Although many EDI exchanges are custom setup, the common form types provided include:
- 204 – Electronic Load Tender
- 210 – Freight Details and Invoice
- 214 – Shipment Status Message
- 820 – Payment Order/Remittance Advice
- 997 – Functional Acknowledgment
Midwest Motor Express provides several PDF and HTML forms for you to use directly, along with various certifications for your reference. For a complete list of available documents, visit the document download page.
It is the policy of Midwest Motor Express to maintain a safe work environment throughout our system. The primary goal of our program is to prevent accidents, incidents, illnesses, and injuries and to fulfill our moral obligation to protect the general public. By doing so, the employees of the company and the general public will be best served.
Unsafe acts or working conditions create unnecessary hazards to the health and wellbeing of our people, our customers, and to the good name of the company. Midwest Motor Express therefore commits itself and its resources to these ends:
- Provide safe and healthful working conditions.
- Maintain all company equipment and facilities in good and safe order.
- Correct any and all conditions that could lead to an accident or injury.
- Provide ongoing safety training to all employees.
- Comply with all federal, state, and local laws or regulations related to safety.
To these ends, I commit all of the resources of Midwest Motor Express, including the best efforts of all our family members.
Chief Executive Officer
Sustainability in Action
Midwest Motor Express is committed to supporting environmentally sound business practices. Whether through a formalized program such as SmartWay® or by simply reducing miles driven through advanced operations research applications, Midwest Motor Express strives to achieve a minimal impact footprint on our environment. Some of our efforts that favorably impact the environment include:
- More fuel-efficient tractors with automatic transmissions improve RPM control during shifting, leading to improved MPG.
- Side skirts on trailers improve the overall drag coefficient, improving MPG.
- Improved tire compositions and setups lead to reduced rolling resistance and improved MPG.
- LTL system flow improvements enhance loaded fill rates, reducing the miles per shipment required.
- Advanced data center designs reduce HVAC demands and overall utility consumption.
- Recycle used oil, used oil filters, antifreeze, batteries, and scrap steel.
- Have shop rags laundered for reuse.
- Retread tires to extend their useful life and reduce scrap tire generation.
- Switch to metal halide yard and wall pack lights with more efficient LED lighting as a replacement becomes necessary.
View the Midwest Motor Express SmartWay certificate.
Midwest Motor Express provides transportation services for most all commodities except for:
- 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.5 Explosives
- Carbon Black
- 2.3 Poison Gas Zone A
- 2.3 Poison Gas Zone B in bulk packaging
- 6.1 Poison Inhalation Hazard Zone A
- Radioactive Yellow III materials
- Shipments requiring a Waste Manifest
- Original works of art
- Live animals
For more information regarding Hazardous Materials, see: Hazardous Materials Lookup
Outstanding Service Awards
Midwest Motor Express receives North Dakota Motor Carrier Association Safety Award
Midwest Motor Express was awarded the Great West Safety Award in September 2023. This award was presented for outstanding achievement in highway safety in the Less Than Truckload, 10 – 25 Million Miles category.
Midwest Motor Express was awarded the 2023 Fleet Safety Award from Minnesota Trucking Association
The Minnesota Trucking Association honors carriers who operate within the state and have a positive safety record. Midwest Motor Express was honored for outstanding achievement in highway safety in the Less Than Truckload Carrier: One to five million Minnesota miles category.
Midwest Motor Express Sioux Falls Service Center receives Safety Award Certificate
September 16, 2022, South Dakota Trucking Association presented Midwest Motor Express – Sioux Falls, SD, with a Safety Award Certificate for outstanding achievement in highway safety in the 1,750,000 – 2,499,999 Miles category.
Midwest Motor Express receives South Dakota Trucking Association Safety Award
The SDTA awarded Midwest Motor Express for outstanding achievement in highway safety in the 1 – 1,749,999 Miles driven within the state.
Midwest Motor Express receives Carrier of the Year Award from nVent
On April 8, 2021, Midwest Motor Express was awarded the 2020 Carrier of the Year by nVent Electric. The Carrier of the Year Award recognizes outstanding freight carriers that consistently exceed expectations in delivering nVent’s products. Midwest Motor Express was selected out of a group of over 100 carriers to receive this prestigious award.
Service Areas & Direct Pricing: Midwest Motor Express offers single-contact, protected pricing agreements across our Direct Service areas. Through strategic carrier affiliations (Affiliate Carrier
Service), Midwest Motor Express provides full U.S. coverage at market
Tariffs: Midwest Motor Express offers several pricing options. Although we are capable of using nearly any publicly published tariff, we prefer to use our privately published tariff, “MIDW 555”. This tariff allows us to offer the best overall price and service structure possible.
Terms: Most applicable shipping agreement terms can be found in our LTL Freight Services 190 Rules Tariff. This document outlines the rules surrounding our transportation practices and the applicable rates for various accessorial items.
Establish Credit: Please submit a credit application.
Discounts: Discount percentages off the base tariff rates are common in LTL shipping as we also provide market competitive rates based on this practice. Typically these discount levels vary by shipping lane.
Submitting Sample Data: We can simulate shipping patterns and price models, but you will receive a more accurate price by providing a sample of your shipping history.
Here are a few of the common questions people ask...but please feel free to call us anyway!
About Accounts and Account Setup
The easiest way to establish a relationship is by contacting your local service center. Please enter your location information in the Facility Locations section for contact information.
Please enter your location information in the Facility Locations section for contact information.
To associate an account, you must go to Manage Associations. Once there, click on Associate/Dissociate Accounts, type in the account number you wish to associate with, and click Associate. The request will then be forwarded to our corporate office for review.
Freight class is established by the National Motor Freight Classification (NMFC) and is based on four attributes: density, stowability, handling, and liability. There are 18 different classes of freight as outlined by the NMFC.
No. We need the exact weight of a shipment so planning can be done for operational efficiency.
Density is described in pounds per cubic foot (PCF). View our Density Calculator page to learn more.
A rate estimate may be obtained in two ways. You may register and log into our website to receive a quote on the Rate Estimate page or call Customer Service at (888) 715-7690.
Yes. At the time of the estimate, we make every effort to give you the exact amount you will be billed. If the information provided at the time of the estimate differs from the shipment characteristics, the charges may also differ. In addition, the fuel surcharge may differ depending on the day of the estimate versus the day of the shipment.
Cubic capacity refers to the amount of space a shipment occupies. As defined in the LTL Freight Services 190 Rules Tariff, if a shipment exceeds 750 cubic feet and has an average density of less than 6 pounds per cubic foot (PCF), or, if a shipment occupies 12 linear feet or more of trailer space and has an average density of less than 6 pounds per cubic foot (PCF), a shipment could qualify for a cubic capacity minimum charge.
Shipping labels must be placed on every piece of your shipment. The shipper and consignee information must match the bill of lading information exactly, and your labels must be legible and complete. Ideally, labels should be on each side of each piece. In addition, DOT hazardous material labels are required when shipping hazardous materials as specified by the DOT.
We make every effort to meet the needs of all customers. Unfortunately, there are some items we do not transport. For a complete list, please visit our Excluded Commodities list.
Yes. We offer multiple special handling options including, but not limited to, Shipper Load-Consignee Load, and Shipper Load and Count. For more details or additional handling options, please contact your local Service Center.
Midwest Motor Express offers direct coverage throughout the Midwest, Southeast, and select points in the Northwest. For a complete coverage map, please refer to our Facility Locations.