Dry Van Shipping: 8 Facts

Dry van trailers are one of the most popular trailer types among carriers and shippers. If your company uses dry van transportation, here are some useful facts to better understand this type of transportation:

1) Dry Van is the most common type of freight transportation in the US. Dry van trailers, or enclosed box trailers, could be described simply as a box on wheels with doors in the back. It has no temperature control and is designed to carry pallets or boxes of cargo and any type of equipment.

2) Dry vans are versatile in terms of freight shipments, both for local and over-the-road routes. Dry vans are used for moving non-perishable foods and beverages, textile and clothing items, plastic and building products.

3) Because cargo is protected from bad weather, possible damage, and theft, dry van trailers are used frequently. Thus, freight claims are usually low.

4) The maximum length allowed for a dry van truck is 53 feet. A dry van trailer can haul up to 45,000 pounds of cargo or 26 standard pallets.

5) According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, dry van trailers acquire the highest rating (42.3%) of fatal crash involvement every year (partly because of its prevalence on the roads).

6) With the growing capacity crunch, shippers are dealing with 5-7% dry van rate increase this year. Rates reached $1.90 in March 2015 and were still at $1.85 at the end of May 2015.

7) The type of floor is a sensitive issue for dry van trailers. Usually, hardwood floors are used in dry vans, but it is vulnerable to moisture that can come from freight or through open doors.

8) Both full truckload and LTL freight shippers can benefit from using dry van trailers. Full truckload allows to schedule customized pick-up and delivery, so freight will be delivered safely and on time. LTL shipping with dry vans can bring significant cost savings through shipment consolidation.

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