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The Importance of Load Dimensions

Load dimensions are critical to transporting heavy equipment and machinery. Heavy haul drivers can be required to deliver to a wide range of locations, from metropolitan areas to rural sites. Drivers may have to contend with bridges, overpasses and a variety of road surfaces. All of those are critical elements when transporting heavy loads to avoid damage to trucks, cargo and infrastructure.

Despite improvements and repairs to interstate roads, there’s a whole other world out there where secondary roads have received only minimal upkeep to bridges. Many structures were built at a time when heavy haul loads were smaller in terms of height, length, weight and width.

Load Dimensions

Height

Almost everyone has seen at least one newscast showing a truck stuck under an overpass, disrupting vehicle or even rail travel. The damage to the truck and overpass can be extensive. It’s one of the reasons that escort vehicles are often used. Heavy haul companies make every effort to carefully map out routes to avoid those problems, but they can still arise. Escort vehicles run interference for truckers and keep them informed about potential problems.

Length

The length of a heavy hauler can be a problem, particularly on secondary roads that may have sharp curves and turns. Rural roads aren’t designed or laid out in the same way as primary routes. Heavy haulers require more room to maneuver.

Weight

Primary roads are typically maintained in decent condition, but there are exceptions. Secondary roads, also known as feeders, are an entirely different matter. They’re usually maintained by local governments and in an attempt to manage costs, the roadbed and surface may not be able to adequately handle the weight of a heavy hauler. Damage can be significant and the bridge may collapse.

Width

The width of a heavy haul load can also be problematic, especially on secondary roads and in rural areas. Many of the bridges in those locations haven’t changed much in decades, haven’t been updated to wider widths, and are nearing the end of their lifespan. No trucker wants to find themselves with a need to back up or attempt a turnaround.

Another problem in rural areas are bridges that are deliberately cut narrow to accommodate road widths or a lack of shoulders. Many of these constructions barely leave room for two cars to meet on the bridge at the same time. It’s easy to see how this presents a problem for today’s wider loads.

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Paperwork for Crossing Borders

Heavy haulers are subject to a variety of rules and regulations that require special permits and a flurry of paperwork. However, drivers that will be crossing borders from one country to another can expect the amount of paperwork to transition into a full-fledged snowstorm. A single missed step will result in extra costs and major delays.

Customs

To cross a border, special documents will be required. In most instances, a bill of lading will suffice, but it will depend on the shipment. A bill of lading should provide a description of the load that includes the weight, type of commodity and piece count when applicable. A commercial invoice will also be needed that indicates the value of the cargo and it must be in the denomination of the destination country.

MC Number

Before heavy haulers can move shipments from the U.S. to Canada, they must apply for a U.S. Dept of Transportation (DOT) MC number. It has to be renewed each year if the carrier is to be classified as active within the Federal Motor Safety Administration. Flatbed companies must have a Standard Carrier Alpha Code and drivers in the U.S. are required to comply with the Automated Commercial Environment electronic manifest program.

Customs Brokers

A customs broker will make crossing borders much easier. They’ll be responsible for declaring the goods being shipped and for paying tariffs and taxes. They can also be instrumental in arranging sales, handling other costs, and obtaining custom clearances.

Self-Propelled Vehicles

A self-propelled vehicle of any type requires additional documentation and many pieces of equipment that will be transported by heavy haulers will fit that description. That can include cargo encompassing classic cars and agricultural harvesters to excavators and mining equipment.

If the items are crossing from the U.S. into Canada, an EPA form will be required in addition to the other documents. It will need to show the year and make of the engine to ensure it complies with emissions regulations. If the cargo is going from the U.S. to Canada, it will have to undergo an investigation that traces the ownership to verify that the title is free and clear.

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5 Considerations for a Safe Haul

Hauling heavy equipment is no easy matter and it can be downright dangerous if the proper safety procedures aren’t addressed. Unfortunately, despite paying thousands of dollars for a single piece of equipment, many individuals don’t take safety seriously enough.

The following are considerations for a safe haul of your heavy equipment.

Height, Length, Weight and Width

Knowing the height, length, weight and width of the load is essential. It will play a major role in the type of trailer required to move the equipment and whether special permitting is required. For instance, it’s entirely possible to haul a 30-ton piece of equipment on a 15 ft. trailer, or a 10 ft. trailer, depending on its rating.

The Right Trailer

Selecting the right trailer for the job is critical. It will affect the loading and unloading of the equipment, along with the safety of the haul itself. A stretch bed refers to all of the different types of trailers that have the ability to extend their deck and includes:

  • A removable gooseneck, also known as a lowboy, is common. They’re able to haul massive loads.
  • A step deck, also called a drop deck, are similar to lowboys and can handle loads that exceed maximum heights.
  • Double drop trailers are for equipment taller than 10 ft. 6 in. The trailer can be identified by its construction in which the center is lower than the front and rear.
  • Flatbeds are utilized for typical loads that are 48 to 53 feet by 8×8 ft. in size.

Secure and Inspect

Falling debris and loose cargo account for approximately 180 accidents per day according to research performed by AAA. It doesn’t need to be something large flying off a trailer or left lying on the equipment, to result in a dangerous accident. Even a forgotten wrench coming off a trailer can be catastrophic if it hits a windshield or as motorists try to dodge it. Never depart without performing a final security inspectionto ensure a safe haul.

Hire a Professional

It can be tempting for individuals to utilize one of their crew to drive equipment to its next destination. Resist the temptation. Transporting heavy equipment requires specialized knowledge and licensing in some instances. Lack of experience, speeding, and inattention to safety standards isn’t worth the ultimate cost in damage. Hire a professional and deliver a safe haul.

Run the Route

Road conditions can change quickly and it’s a good idea to have someone in a pilot car run the route ahead of the heavy hauler – even if the law doesn’t require it. This would add to a safe haul. Downed trees, accidents, and construction work will impact the route taken and the delivery time.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure any and all of your heavy equipment export is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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5 Steps for Successful Heavy Hauling Export

heavy hauling exportExporting equipment and machinery overseas is completely different than shipping it across the U.S. There are dozens of details, permits and paperwork that must be completed. There will be specific rules, legal requirements, and licensing rules to which companies will need to adhere. There are many important steps for successful heavy hauling export. Whenever possible, contract with a full-service heavy hauler for a turnkey solution.

The salient point for exporters to understand is that cheaper doesn’t mean better. The knowledge and experience needed for successful heavy hauling export is extensive. Be sure to shop around and compare services before entering into any contract.

Logistics

The logistics of exporting involves more than simply showing up at the dock. A logistics company can be engaged to handle the details or shippers and hire a full-service heavy hauler. The company will be able to determine what type of transport is needed depending on the length, height, weight and width of the freight to be moved and the states through which it will travel.

Paperwork

The sheer volume of paperwork needed for exporting is prodigious and it’s just one of the many advantages of contracting with a heavy hauler that’s familiar with the export process. If the cargo is shipping by air, an air waybill will be needed, though the vast majority of exports are shipped by water.

For exporting by ship, there will be a bill of lading and a certificate of conformity may be required depending on the item being exported. A certificate of origin will typically be needed for customs, along with a commercial invoice. A dock/warehouse receipt ensuring proper labeling and accountability is needed at the point of embarkation. There will also be an insurance certificate, export license, export packing list, and inspection certification.

Heavy Hauling Export Pickup

One of the many benefits of contracting with a heavy hauler is that the company will be experienced and knowledgeable about the correct trailer or truck that will best serve the transport process. The heavy hauler will know if a container or any specialized equipment will be needed for the load and be well-versed in safely securing loads.

Delivery

The company will be able to calculate the best route to take to ensure any item is delivered in a safe and timely manner, and if an escort vehicle or mandated signage will be required for the load. The closest port to the exporter isn’t always the best option. Part of the logistics of delivery is knowing the best port to use to expedite shipping.

Ports for Heavy Hauling Export

Each port has specific documents that will be required upon delivery of the cargo and a heavy haul company will know what those are and can facilitate deliveries through pre-registration. A pre-registered operator typically makes it through the process quicker, thereby eliminating long wait times for authorization to send items swiftly on their way.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure any and all of your heavy equipment export is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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Choosing the Right Logistics Provider When Shipping Construction Equipment

Shipping construction equipment is vital for the smooth operations of a construction project. Without it, projects can’t move along in a smooth manner. Before any construction job starts, there’s a need for the shipment of heavy equipment and supplies from one point to another. There are two common methods for delivering these items: road transport and air freight. Each method has its own set of rules and regulations that you need to follow. So, what are the main points that you should consider in choosing the best method to move your cargo?

 

First, when you’re shipping construction equipment, you have to determine the type of truck and tractor to use. This is important because you won’t be able to drive all the way to the destination if you don’t have the right type of vehicle. You need to ensure that the load will fit on the truck or tractor, which is usually determined by the size of the loads. There are also special types of trucks and tractors, such as large tankers, that are specifically designed for transporting bulk shipments. So when you’re weighing your options, make sure you consider these factors.

 

Next, you must consider the route of delivery. Every transport route has its own set of rules and regulations. The logistics company that is handling the delivery must comply with local laws and it must also be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the shipping authority. If they’re not, you run the risk of getting into trouble, and that could severely jeopardize the whole project.

 

Once the logistics provider has evaluated the delivery route, the next thing to consider is the size of the vehicle that will be used. Only large trucks can be used to transport a single large item, like a piece of building material. Large trucks aren’t suitable for transporting individual products, like car parts or boxes of supplies. So you must choose a logistics provider that offers bigger trucks or other vehicles that can carry more weight. That way, your company won’t have any problems transporting your items.

 

In addition to vehicle size, you should also look at what the shipping construction equipment looks like. Some of the latest models are designed with very ergonomic features, making them easy to use. So your logistics provider should have models available for your consideration. Its infrastructure should be in the best shape possible, so that your delivery can be completed on time. It also helps to have a dedicated staff that will handle the loading and unloading of your supplies, so you don’t have to waste precious time in doing that yourself.

 

Once you’ve evaluated the shipping construction equipment, its characteristics and the logistics provider that you’ll use, you can determine how much you’ll be paying for the transportation services. Different companies charge differently for their services. For that reason, you should ask lots of questions to find out the average cost of the shipment. Then you can compare the costs of different providers against one another to see which one can offer you the best prices. After you have compared costs, you can choose a logistics provider that’s right for your needs.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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6 Things to Consider when Choosing an Equipment Hauling Company

There are multiple variables to consider when choosing an equipment hauling company. For many, the cost is a primary factor, but cheap doesn’t mean better and can end up costing far more than a reputable hauler would have charged. The following are the top six considerations when hiring a heavy hauler.

Capabilities

It’s imperative that the hauler have equipment that’s capable of performing the task. Trailers and tow vehicles must be able to haul the cargo without exceeding specified load limits and be adequate in size for the job. For instance, loose materials such as mulch, sand or dirt will require a dump truck, not a flatbed trailer.

Compliance

Heavy hauling is a strictly regulated industry. Individuals should ensure that the company has the necessary permits and licensing for the type of vehicle needed and the load that will be transported. Without those measures, individuals are placing their equipment at risk and can find themselves facing liability issues.

Safety Measures

Never take safety measures for granted. The safety of equipment and employees can be at risk. An extensive array of state and federal standards is in place governing the safety measures to which heavy haulers must adhere. Reputable companies should be willing to share the types of precautions and safety methods they use.

Insurance

Having the appropriate insurance is critical when working with a heavy hauler company. Don’t assume that the company’s insurance will cover damage to the cargo, injuries, or property damage that may occur. The same standards apply whether the items being transported are going across town or cross country.

Pricing

The company’s pricing and services should be clearly spelled out. If all the company can provide is an estimate, clients can very well find themselves looking at any number of expensive fees for “extra” services. Don’t be reticent about requesting an itemized list of services and prices.

Compare

Everyone has a budget and to obtain the safest and most comprehensive range of services at the best cost, talk with several companies and compare their prices and stated services. The least expensive isn’t always the best option.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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Getting Heavy Equipment to your Job Site

There’s satisfaction is knowing that you’ve delivered a piece of heavy equipment safely and securely to its destination, especially when considering the hazards and myriad of things that can go wrong. There’s far more involved in delivering equipment to your job site than loading and securing it, covering any pertinent parts, and distributing the load appropriately.

The logistics and the way in which equipment is delivered will depend on the size and weight of the equipment and the distance it will need to travel. Tractors, boats and items of a similar weight and size can typically be handled with a flatbed trailer, often called a lowboy.

For items that exceed the weight, height, or size limitations of a flatbed, the services of a heavy hauler truck and trailer combination will be required. They’re the solution of choice for items such as planes, cranes and excavators, along with front end loaders, construction beams, turbines, and manufactured homes.

There are specific laws governing what is considered an oversized load and a superload in Florida. An oversized load is one that exceeds a width of 8 ft. 6 in. or exceeds 8 ft. when traveling on roads of 12 ft. wide or less. A wide load is also anything that exceeds 13 ft. 6 in. in length. Limits are in effect for how much weight each axle is allowed to support.

Any load exceeding 15 ft. high, 15 ft. wide, or 150 ft. long is considered a superload. If the width exceeds 16 ft., the route the transport vehicle will take must be surveyed, preceded by a qualified escort, and sometimes a chase vehicle.

The required permits must be kept onboard at all times. Permits are valid for a specified number of days and travel is limited to certain times of the day depending upon weight and/or height to ensure the safety of the hauler and motorists on the road.

Regulations for delivering your equipment safely to the job site don’t end there. Red or orange flags are required to increase visibility to motorists and any protrusions or corners must be clearly marked with an orange square. The tow vehicle will also be required to be equipped with amber warning lights to ensure your equipment arrives safely and without incident.

North American Heavy Haul is a full-service Heavy Equipment Transportation and Machinery Shipping Firm. With Professional Heavy Equipment Drivers in All 50 States, we have more experience transporting oversized and over-weight machinery than anyone in the industry. North American Heavy Haul is dedicated to providing our clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in all your heavy equipment transportation needs.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

Contact us today for Free Shipping Estimates and hauling in formation. We welcome any questions, concerns or comments you may have.

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