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Key Things To Know About Shipping Oversized Loads

Whether you’re shipping equipment, steel items or any other oversized load that is beyond regular shipping services competence, it is considered over-dimensional freight. Shipping such loads may be burdensome and complicated, as freight requires special vehicles, precise control and has to meet delivery deadlines.

What are the measurements of oversized freight?

Navigating the waters of over-dimensional cargo can be tricky, and it’s important to know some essential information before searching for a shipping partner. One of the key aspects you should grasp are the legal limits of oversized freight.

In the U.S., your load is oversized if it exceeds 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) width, 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m) height, and is more than 48-53 ft in length. However, these measurements are generalized, and every state has its own regulations. You can check the relevant load dimensions here.

What factors should be considered while shipping an oversized load?

Shipping oversized, unusual loads may be challenging. It is important to prepare ahead of time and think through many key points before getting the load on the road:

  • Define your dimensions. As we discussed above, it is important to know what you are going to ship: measurements, weight, and special requirements. Once you’ve determined the load size and your freight class, the next steps should run smoothly.
  • Plan in advance. Shipping heavy hauls may take time and effort, so it’s better to have time for planning. Maybe you will need escorted shipping services, a special vehicle, or other assistance. Once you’re armed with a suitable time frame, the shipping arrangement process becomes less stressful. 
  • Partner with a reliable 3PL. Arranging transportation of oversized freight can cause a lot of stress, expenses and still doesn’t ensure a successful outcome. An experienced shipping partner will execute the most burdensome work, which is obtaining a carrier, negotiating the price, getting permits, providing freight management and expert consulting.
  • Be ready for unpredictable circumstances. Unexpected things can occur during every single shipment, such as weather conditions, hurricanes, driving restrictions, etc. It’s better to reserve some time for unpredictable delays than to think these occurrences won’t happen to you.

Final thoughts

With a well-prepared strategy, reserved amount of time and a dedicated shipping partner, moving oversized freight can be easier than you might imagine. The mentioned practices will help you plan your next oversized shipment efficiently.

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Oversized Freight Shipping 101

The heavy haul is a big deal. Overweight or over-dimensional loads require closer attention and better planning to avoid delivery disruptions or unplanned expenses. Handling an oversized freight 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.jpgHow to ship oversized freight?

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.

Tips for oversized freight shipping:

  • 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 a 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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