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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.

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

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Moving Machinery Seamlessly

There’s a lot more going on when a company is moving machinery to a new warehouse than simply having it arrive. That’s true whether the machinery is simply being stored or it will be set up at the new site for production purposes. There may also be inventory to move and few companies have the luxury of completely shutting down production for an extended length of time.

Logistics

You’re going to need to work with a logistics company if you plan on moving machinery – usually a third-party logistics (3PL) agency. However, an increasing number of heavy haul companies are providing their own logistics service as a one-stop resource for clients. A large-scale warehouse move can require considerable resources and specialized equipment so you’ll need plenty of time to shop around, review contracts, and perform other necessary actions. Plan and schedule as far in advance as possible.

Moving Machinery Plan

You don’t want your equipment or machinery simply jammed into the warehouse space. Create a floor plan of where you want everything placed and the order in which each piece should be installed. You should also have a schedule/timetable for each task to ensure the entire process is completed in a timely manner.

That includes a plan for your supply chain. You may not be able to handle regular deliveries or shipments during this time. It’s essential that stakeholders be aware of the type of disruptions and challenges the relocation will entail.

Organization

Part of that plan in moving machinery will include having power and other services turned on at the new site and ready to go the minute the first machinery arrives. There may be occupancy permits required, and inspections by various health and safety officials. Don’t forget to have the mail changed.

If forklifts and other equipment will be needed from day one, ensure it arrives first and that it’s fueled and ready to work. Whenever possible, eliminate as much inventory as possible. It will be less to move and aid in providing space for machinery to be installed.

Labor

Every employee should know what their specific tasks and responsibilities will be before and during the move. That’s particularly important if production will continue to run during the move. You may find those extra employees may be needed for packing and handling inventory. Make sure intricate parts of the production process are allocated to experienced employees and managers that are familiar with the business.

Communication

The need for clear and concise communication can’t be overstated. Relocating machinery and/or operations to a new warehouse can be a nerve-wracking experience for everyone involved. Communication is the key to a smooth and successful move.

Be Prepared

The potential for snafus, accidents and emergencies always exists. Emergency preparedness should be part of your overall plan. A relocation is stressful and employees will be working outside their normal roles. Working with a heavy haul company that provides as many services as possible will help ease the process.

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.

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

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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.

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

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Disaster Hauling Quickly gets Things Back to Normal

disaster haulingThe term disaster hauling is used to denote transporting FEMA loads after a catastrophic event. It can encompass the transport of a wide variety of items ranging from heavy equipment to clear areas of debris, modular units for temporary housing, generators to supply power, and other types of relief supplies.

The most often encountered disaster in Florida is a hurricane. The hurricane season typically runs June 1 through Nov. 30. Scientists believe that global warming may extend that season and storms may become more severe. Any company planning on participating in disaster hauling should be aware of several things.

Budget Strains

Heavy haulers are essential during disaster recovery, but FEMA isn’t known for being a quick payer. It can place a strain on cash flow and there are often delays in payment. Disaster hauling will typically be contracted through a broker. In the chaos following a disaster, combined with the sheer number of loads going in, there will be delays in payments.

Keep a Record for Disaster Hauling

Maintaining clear and comprehensive records is essential in the trucking industry. Nowhere is that more important than during disaster hauling. Get a copy of all agreements in writing and keep them on hand to ensure there’s no misunderstanding, nothing slips through the cracks, and correct compensation is collected. Haulers will be able to charge more for FEMA loads and individuals shouldn’t undersell their time.

Keep detailed records of wait times, along with mileage in and out. Be sure to include detention and layover pay in any agreement since there could be significant wait times to get unloaded. Be aware that detention pay is one of the most often disputed by FEMA. Always review every contract carefully to ensure standard terms and information is included.

Be Prepared

A heavy hauler working on disaster relief will need to be ready to roll at a moment’s notice. Time is of the essence for people without power and basic necessities. Prepare the truck or trailer in advance and try to carry supplies to make minor repairs for any contingency.

Haulers may encounter numerous challenges such as road damage and closed truck stops that will limit the availability to obtain fuel. It can also limit the availability of meals and grocery stores may be shut down.

Always carry some snacks that won’t spoil, water, and fill the tank just before heading into the disaster area. Cell service will probably be spotty at best. There will be flooding. Don’t drive into high water – stay safe. Above all, exercise patience when working disaster hauls.

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.

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

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Professional Heavy Equipment Export

Heavy equipment transport is required for most of the heavy manufacturing industries. The transport modes include road, rail and air to deliver the goods to the final destination. However, there are certain countries, which are not able to use the land transportation due to terrain challenges. Therefore, these countries have to export their goods using any of the means available like cargo ships, container ships, tankers, dredges, airplanes, cargo ships, etc. These export-related issues also need a good logistics system to streamline the freight transportation process.

 

For the purposes of facilitating the shipping of goods overseas, it is very important that the shipping methodologies are sound and efficient. The logistics manager should ensure that port and airport services are in perfect order and the shipment reaches the right place. He should use advanced analytics to track the shipment progress every step of the way. If there are any problems along the way, then there will be delays in delivery.

 

When the shipping vessel docks at a port, there are several things that have to be arranged in order to make sure that the shipment reaches its destination safely. If the logistics manager does not have adequate knowledge and information on these aspects, then he cannot ensure the safe delivery of the heavy manufactured goods. Every shipping company has a team of efficient and trained logistics experts. These experts will take care of all the logistics aspects of the shipping process. This includes planning the route, preparing the vessel, arranging for the crew, getting the goods shipped, load balancing and many more.

Heavy Equipment Export Objectives

One of the main objectives of logistics is to ensure that the cargo reaches its destined place. Therefore, the management of the shipping industry should allocate enough funding and resources to properly manage the logistics aspect of the shipping business. One of the easiest ways to do so is to hire a logistics expert. A logistics expert will help you efficiently plan your routes, prepare the cargo, get the goods delivered safely and optimize the freight costs. Some of the services offered by logistics experts include customizing shipping options, warehousing and supply chain solutions, as well as the development of logistics strategies.

 

If you are a small-scale importer or exporter, then you may not have the required financial resources to hire a logistics expert. If this is the case, then you should consider hiring shipping brokers to transport your heavy equipment. Brokers have extensive experience in the shipping industry and know how to best use their contacts, experience and expertise to offer the best transportation services to their clients. The transportation of heavy equipment is an important aspect of any trade transaction. Therefore, it is imperative for a company to properly organize transportation of their goods.

 

Many shipping companies offer transportation services to small and medium-sized businesses. However, it is also important for you to choose the right company to properly transport your goods. It would be preferable to hire a Heavy Equipment Export and transport company that can offer you comprehensive transport solutions. Hire a transport company that is fully committed to your needs and will always work closely with you. One of the most effective ways to hire the services of a professional heavy equipment export company is to go online and search for transport companies.

 

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.

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

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Hiring Heavy Equipment Driver

Hiring a heavy equipment driver is not as easy a decision as it may seem. This is because you want to make sure that you hire someone with the appropriate experience and training to safely operate the equipment on-site and that they are also licensed and certified to do so in your state. Because there are numerous types of heavy equipment that you will need to use on construction sites throughout the nation, it is extremely important that the license is valid and shows that the individual has undergone adequate training. The most common reasons why you would want to hire a heavy equipment driver are:

Hiring a Heavy Equipment Driver Do’s and Dont’s

If you are just starting off in construction, then you probably have no idea what type of driver will be best suited for the job. In that case, it would be advisable to request that a temporary license be arranged before commencing your project. You can request either a short-term heavy equipment driver’s license or a driver’s license that will last you between one to two years. As mentioned before, this type of license is perfect for those who are just starting out and have little experience with driving large trucks. However, it is not the best idea to hire a driver without experience, as you can never be too careful.

 

When applying for a heavy equipment driver’s license, you will want to make sure that you have all of the proper documentation. This means that you will need to provide a copy of your resume to the licensing agency along with proof of training and experience with heavy equipment. Additionally, you will need to supply a list of the types of vehicles you will need to use for the construction site, such as dump trucks or tow trucks. By taking the time to complete these tasks ahead of time, you can ensure that you will have a licensed driver ready to sign on the dotted line when the contract comes due.

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 heavy hauling trucking information. We welcome any questions, concerns, or comments you may have.

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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.

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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Heavy Equipment Transportation

The price of moving heavy equipment tends to vary from company to company. There are many different factors that can affect how much it costs to transport equipment, such as the weight of the equipment, the distance it needs to be moved, and the type of transportation. In this article, we’ll discuss ways to reduce the overall cost of your equipment move.

Weight

One factor that you need to keep in mind is the weight of the machinery. The weight of the equipment will greatly influence the price. The weight is measured in tonnage, which is basically the amount of weight that a vehicle can carry. The cost of moving heavy equipment tends to be influenced by several factors, from the delivery distance, to the kind of transportation, and finally, the size of the equipment. When you have the exact measurements, think carefully about your different heavy equipment transport options.

Choose a Professional

You may also want to use a professional company to transport your machinery. Before choosing a company, ask how long they’ve been in business and inquire about their process and insurance policy. Professional companies tend to charge a bit more than non-professional companies, but they have more experience handling all types of heavy equipment transportation. You’ll want to ensure that the company you choose is licensed to transport your equipment, as well, to protect it against accidents on the way.

There are some companies that specialize in heavy equipment transportation. For example, North American Heavy Haul owns equipment that is designed specifically for moving and transporting heavy machinery. They offer services ranging from flatbed trailers to enclosed semi-trailer trucks. To make sure that your equipment travels in a safe manner, North American Heavy Haul offers free insurance for their trailers and most of their equipment. You can also save money if you choose to use them instead of another company because they provide round the clock service.

Equipment Protection

It’s important that you protect your machinery, even when you’re transporting it on a flatbed trailer. Even if your equipment is only 5 feet long, if it has dangerous components such as cutting blades or a rotating blade, it’s extremely dangerous for the equipment, as well as for anyone else, to be in the trailer. You should contact a local heavy equipment hauler company to make sure that you’re not transporting the wrong type of equipment and to claim compensation if anything happens to it while it’s being transported. In the case of an accident, you may need to have it towed away or repaired, so contacting a company to haul your damaged equipment is extremely beneficial.

 

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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What Factors Affect the Cost of Moving a Heavy Haul?

Heavy haulers transport a wide variety of items ranging from bulldozers and cement barriers to pipeline segments. The costs to move these objects will be expensive whether individuals are transporting them across town or initiating a transcontinental relocation. However, it can be less expensive to hire a hauler than to ship by other methods. There are a variety of factors that affect the cost of a heavy haul.

Height and Length

If the weight or height exceeds specific standards, the load will require special permits. The load may also require an escort vehicle. The laws vary from state to state, making it extremely difficult to determine exact costs.

Weight

A major factor when transporting a heavy haul is the weight. The heavier something is, the more fuel it requires to get the entire rig moving and sustain speed. It’s especially important if there will be hills or mountains involved for long hauls.

Fuel

The cost of fuel can vary widely from one part of the state to another. Those costs can change dramatically when shipping outside Florida. Most heavy haulers automatically add a fuel surcharge (FSC) to every job to account for variances in fuel prices.

Mileage

The distance to be traveled to the destination will definitely affect the cost of transport. It’s typically cheaper to transport something within Florida than out of the state simply due to shorter distances and the fact that there’s more freight entering the state rather than exiting.

Time of Year

Some shipping times of the year are less expensive than others depending on demand. Individuals should know that those rates can quickly change, since many companies try to ship during certain times of the month. This can result in higher rates as heavy haulers become scarce.

Type of Trailer

If the equipment to be moved requires a trailer and the object can be placed on a flatbed, also known as a lowboy, it will be less expensive than a removable gooseneck trailer (RGT) since they’re able to haul heavier loads. An RGT is typically utilized to carry freight that’s long and tall. The trailers can be lowered to the ground to function as a ramp.

Extras

Depending upon the type of load that’s being hauled, tarps may be required along with special insurance and tolls.

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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Ensuring Construction Equipment gets to your Jobsite

Every project manager knows that if the needed equipment isn’t available at the right time, construction grinds to a halt. Ensuring that equipment is onsite when it’s required calls for good management in planning transportation, allocation and mobilization of the needed resources. Every job is different and has its own set of challenges and requirements. The following are some tips for the best way to get construction equipment to your jobsite.

Plan Ahead

Whether you have a requisition center to draw upon or you’re responsible for arranging your own transportation, planning and foresight are critical. Heavy haulers are in high demand and the needed trailer may not be available if you wait until the last minute. Depending on the equipment, you may need a flatbed, drop deck, removable gooseneck, or perimeter trailer. They’re specialized transportation methods and designed for specific jobs.

Hire a Professional

Hiring a professional heavy hauler to transport equipment to the jobsite ensures it arrives on time. A professional hauler will have the experience to move your equipment safely and know the requirements for transporting even oversize loads to ensure the proper permits, signage and even escort vehicles are available.

Traceability

It’s absolutely critical to have a way to track, trace, and know when your equipment will arrive. That ability allows you to alter plans and assign work crews as needed. It’s one of the reasons that hiring a professional heavy hauler is so important. With modern technology, they can keep you informed at all times of where your equipment is located and its estimated time of arrival. It also enables you to schedule a pickup when applicable, maintenance or repairs.

Saving Money

The best way to get construction equipment to your jobsite is one that’s reliable, safe, and saves you money. That encompasses hiring professionals that are experienced and cognizant of the regulations and permits needed to get your equipment to your jobsite safely, on time and provides transparency through traceability.

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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