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What Is Project Cargo Logistics?

What does project cargo logistics mean?

Project cargo, or project freight logistics, is a special type of freight shipping that suggests moving high-volume and high-price freight. Sometimes, project cargo is so complex to arrange that it requires changing the infrastructure, combination of modes, handling equipment, specific time frames, and other intricate requirements.

Project freight can be national or global. The main difference in project cargo logistics from regular shipments is the unusual amounts and types of freight. Typically mining, oil and gas, and building industries are heavily saturated with project cargo shipments.

Project cargo shipping can consist of single or multiple shipments, use several transportation modes, and cover a rather high value of cargo. Essentially, such type of logistics requires precise planning and logistics experts to be executed properly and on-time.

What do project cargo forwarders do?

People who plan and manage project cargo logistics must have a high level of industry expertise and connections. It requires the highest possible level of management skills due to the complexity of operations. Apart from that, the project freight forwarders must have exceptional communication skills to efficiently connect vendors, suppliers, shippers, and others involved in the supply chain. Ultimately, the project cargo forwarder needs to arrange the work among all people and polish processes.

How to handle project freight transportation management?

Advanced planning

Planning is crucial, the most important step in project freight logistics management. From securing capacity and equipment to risk management, every link of project cargo matters. Apart from successful operations, proper planning can significantly reduce costs and eliminate risks during the transportation process.


Risk management takes a prominent place in arranging project cargo as well. There’s always a chance that something might go wrong, especially in such a complex supply chain. Thinking out all the possible outcomes and pitfalls in the process of transportation and project logistics is key to a smooth project finish.

Execution and compliance

Obviously, the execution process must be as precise and organized as the planning. Once all of the strategy work is done, it’s time to move to practice. Customs, compliance, paperwork, and tracking must be organized, collected and managed properly. Maintaining clear communication, complete transparency, and liability will help execute the project cargo logistics excellently.

Read more: Case Study: Project Cargo Logistics

Case Study: Project Cargo Logistics

Flatbed_Shipping.jpgProject logistics refers to specialized freight moves that are oversized, heavy-lift or hazardous. Moving over dimensional, overweight or toxic cargo is a complex job that involves heavy shipping equipment and moving project materials to work sites, facilities and construction stations whether on- or off-highway.

Over dimensional freight is any item that exceeds one or more of the standard legal size criteria for the state. While these measures vary, the general guideline for parameters is 53’ long 8’6” wide, 13’ 6” tall on the trailer. Shipments that exceed these parameters are considered over dimensional and requires a permit before being moved.

: A Helpful Guide to Over Dimensional Flatbed Shipments

To haul project cargo economically and efficiently, there must be attended to every detail, constant communication and collaboration throughout the entire supply chain process.

Common Examples of Project Cargo

  • Military supplies and equipment
  • Machinery, steel, pumps
  • Manufacturing equipment
  • Mining equipment
  • Windmills

An Inbound Logistics article says that project logistics yields a significant time of planning for billion-dollar projects, and there aren’t any shortcuts. Each project move introduces new challenges and generates inventive designs. Finding a 3PL that can handle such a multifaceted shipping project is critical. Shippers rely on 3PLs to handle the specifics of the cargo, route, and mode, plus understand its needs for budgeting, planning, handling, execution, and delivery.

Planning the transport of oversized, overweight, and hazardous cargo takes knowledge, experience, and confidence. 3PL experts understand the government regulations, handling strategies and the overall situation, which is key to success.

When it comes to shipping project cargo, transportation and logistics demands are distinctive to each situation. At PLS, we are able to determine the best routes, equipment, and timeline for your cargo. Our team is familiar with shipping oversized, specialized shipments. For one client, PLS moved equipment weighing more than 252,000 pounds. The trailer used to move the equipment had 72 tires and two additional tractors that pulled and pushed the equipment.

Shippers with project cargo can overcome transportation hurdles and reduce freight spend with automated transportation management. Partnering with a 3PL and using a TMS helps shippers maintain on-time delivery, improve service and avoid disruptions, gain new carrier partners, consolidate invoice and improve dock controls, among other benefits. Continue reading how this PLS client reduced freight spends through automation.

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