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You may be surprised at the cost of transporting equipment and other goods via heavy haulers, especially if it’s the first time that you’ve utilized the shipping method. However, there are understandable costs and a wide range of factors that contribute to the heavy haul rate you will pay.

Load Composition

Not all shipping companies are able to accommodate every type of cargo. Loads that exceed weight, height, length and width limits come under the heading of an oversized load and require a company that specializes in that type of shipping. They have experienced drivers and are cognizant of the permits and regulations governing each type of load.

Trailer Type

There are multiple types of trailers available, ranging from step decks and drop decks to double drop trailers. Each is designed for specific purposes. The more specialized the trailer need, the more expensive the heavy haul rate. You can decrease the rate of your heavy haul, depending on the trailer needed, by breaking down the cargo so it doesn’t exceed certain specifications.

Time of Year

Heavy haulers are in high demand, but more so at certain times of the year. It’s a good idea to schedule your heavy haul as early as possible to ensure the type of trailer you need is available and you may obtain a better rate. It all comes down to supply and demand.

Little Known Needs

There are a number of factors that go into the cost of heavy hauling that you probably would never consider. Every load must be secured to prevent damage to the cargo and safety of the journey. That means cables to secure it and some loads require a tarp. There are also mandatory insurance costs.

If the driver must do the unloading, additional fees may apply. There will be a fee per mile traveled and toll road fees, depending upon the route. Each state has permits that will need to be acquired and the cost of fuel. If you’re shipping across borders into another country, count on tariffs.

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