Follow These 3 Tips for an Easy Time Shipping Heavy Haulage
Any shipment which carries a heavy or wide load is also known as heavy haul. Most of the times, the shipments exceed the legal and recommended dimensions for hauling regarding the height, width and weight. The loads are also the kind that cannot be broken down and transported in smaller units. However, the load will have limits, and many freighters will refer to it as a 'Superload'. The terms of operation for transporting these super loads are usually different from those that govern regular load hauling. Here are some tips and safety considerations to follow when making heavy haulage trips.
1. Understanding the dimensions
The width, height and weight of the load determine the types of permits which you will need to transport the cargo. Note that even a little different in inches may result in a massive change in cost, route and licenses required to haul a particular load. If you had already asked for a specific permit for a load of certain dimensions, and they change, you will have to ask for a different license to avoid running into problems with the law. The extra permits will be attained at your own cost.
2. Figuring out the loading
If the load is already classified as heavy or wide, the chances are that you will have a difficult time getting it onto the truck vehicle. You, therefore, need to figure out whether you will need a crane for the loading, and whether a forklift will be necessary for both ends of the transport, that is the pickup and the delivery. Other special considerations which you need to make here include whether you will need material for tarping, bracing and tying down the load. At times, flags are also required to indicate to the other road users that you have a larger than a regular load.
3. Higher a reliable carrier
Regardless of the dimensions of your load, it always boils down to the person you entrust with the hauling process. A competent and reliable trucking company understands the permits needed for all load dimensions and will help you get the right permits right from the start. The licenses are also typically included in the shipping costs.
The crucial thing to remember is that planning weeks ahead of the haul is the best way to ensure that your load is transported safely. Finally, it is good to be prepared for any unexpected turn of events because wide loads are a bit more challenging to haul than regular ones.