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What You Need to Know about Oversized Flatbed Shipments


When you are aware of the legal limits of over dimensional and heavy haul shipments, you will be better prepared to mitigate risks, experience a safer ride, and drive growth and efficiency into your supply chain. When preparing to move any flatbed, it’s important to know the exact dimensions and weight of the shipment. This awareness will help you better plan your trip, account for transit times, and deliver on time.

This infographic shares some of the key principles to keep in mind as you prepare flatbed oversized commodities like tractors, combines, bulldozers, cranes, steel beams, wind blades, or prefabricated homes.

Flatbed Infographic

Every state has different requirements for oversized shipments which makes navigating the specifications of flatbed over dimensional and heavy haul shipments complex. Which kinds of oversize shipments have you moved? Share your experiences in the comment section.


Phil Ventura

I once had to import a huge wood box containing machinery from my U.K. company.
I do not recall the weight and specific dims of this box, but it was huge enough that there was no way I could get the necessary permits to allow truck transportation from Baltimore to Michigan.
In fact, we ended up having to uncrate the box at port of entry and disassemble the equipment inside into two or more pieces before it could move on to our location.
How this ever moved from our U.K. plant to the exit port of Liverpool was absolutely incomprehensible to me, particularly in view of our concept of English roads.
Later I found out that the machinery was crated at the port of exit.
Most distressing of all was that we had no forewarning of this piece from our shipper - the importance of communication in shipping!



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