Heavy haul is a big deal (pun intended). Overweight or over-dimensional loads require closer attention and better planning to avoid delivery disruptions or unplanned expenses. Handling an over-sized load for the first time might be stressful and terrifying, but with some basic knowledge and preparations – you will easily ace it! So, what should you know?
Start with the basics
Don’t cut corners – you might get lucky and get away with it once or twice, but it will get you in trouble eventually. Knowing the cornerstones of oversize shipping is a must-have foundation for shipping a big load. Research basic rules and regulations to have a general idea of what is important.
A few basic things to keep in mind:
- Know the legal limits to spot an oversize load immediately;
- Only indivisible (single piece) loads will qualify for over-dimensional/overweight permits in many states;
- Permits will have to be obtained in each state the load is transported through;
- Oversize loads might be subject to additional requirements outside of the permits.
Give yourself some lead time
Don’t try to push it out the last second – it’s very likely to end in a disaster. Moreover, you are likely to pay more – the rates tend to be higher on any regular last-minute loads, but even more so on anything out of the ordinary.
Take your time to research and make sure you know what you need. Allow your transportation provider to secure proper equipment and permits. Work some planning time into your shipping schedule – it will minimize the risks which may result in significant time and money losses.
Know your shipment
Make sure you have accurate information on the load. It’s crucial to know the exact dimensions to the very inch – a small discrepancy might result in the additional requirements not built into the cost or communicated to the carrier.
Before finalizing the move – ensure that the load description is precise and always communicate complete and accurate info to your transportation provider. Poor communication and attentiveness to details is a common reason for a variety of transportation issues which could have been avoided in the first place.
Time to look at details
The basics are covered – perfect! Now it’s time to look at the specifics. Each state will have different regulations and it’s important to be aware of them. Of course, your transportation provider, whether a 3PL or a direct carrier, will let you know what the requirements are, but doesn’t it feel better to KNOW what you are talking about?
A load may require additional services outside of permits depending on the dimensions/weight which will differ state to state. There are multiple online resources available on oversize regulations by state that provide extensive information on the requirements and, quite often, the price.
Resolution? Shipping oversize loads might be a hassle, and there are many details to keep in mind. The best and easiest way to handle your large and heavy freight is to team up with professionals who know what they are doing and will take the ‘weight’ off your shoulders!