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What is Specialized Shipping?

The global economy is rapidly developing, facing new challenges every day. One of the constant challenges is the demand for a convenient shipping service, and specialized shipping is not an exception. Specialized shipping is usually used in industrial businesses like oil and gas, mining, metal manufacturing and more. In most cases, these industries require special freight handling because shipments are either too big, heavy or need services that regular shipping companies do not provide.

Logistics serves hundreds of different industries, from the grocery and retail industry to the mining industry. Each type of shipment normally has specific requirements, but there are some objects that are shipped that fall into the category of “specialized freight.” Usually, specialized freight includes mining equipment, large metal details, oilfield exploration machinery, agriculture equipment and more. Specialized freight involves goods that are large in size, weight, dimensions, or demand special handling services during transit. Specialized shipping services allow companies with specialized freight and equipment to move freight safely and efficiently.

How is specialized freight transported?

Shipping specific materials requires different transportation modes and customized vehicles. These vehicles combine dry van, refrigerated shipping, flatbed trucks, side kit trailers, lowboys, step deck, and double deck trailers. If shipping involves chemicals, hazardous materials, or temperature-sensitive freight, the trailers must be accustomed to those specifications. Some of the loads also require an escort service.

How to choose a shipping provider for your specialized shipping needs?

One of the hardest parts in arranging proper shipments for bulky equipment or supplies is finding a professional logistics partner. Here are some key features of an adequate specialized shipping provider:

  • Thorough experience in the supply chain and logistics industry is crucial for logistics companies to understand your business needs clearly and provide proper solutions.
  • An extensive network of carriers plays a significant role in preserving the capacity for your loads to ensure the shipment process runs smoothly.
  • The variety of services has to be wide enough to provide solutions, from specialized trucks and hazardous materials shipping to escort services.
  • Make sure your logistics partner uses advanced technology, like a transportation management system (TMS), so freight management and visibility are at the highest level.
  • The expert team has to be skilled and experienced enough to estimate your needs and implement the right solutions.

The construction and mining sectors are constantly expanding, so having a specialized shipping provider is crucial for the industry’s growth. Here at PLS Logistics Services, we have more than two decades of experience in moving freight like mining, metal and oilfield equipment and supplies. Our company will provide you with a full range of specialized shipping services, regardless of the challenges you are facing.


Over-sized Freight Shipping 101

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?

iStock-495727192.jpgStart 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!

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