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Heavy haul and heavy haul freight are basically very similar. Goods being transported are the same, both have big size and big weight. What is the difference between heavy haul and heavy haul freight? Heavy freight transport, or often referred to as large freight, is a cargo that exceeds state legal limits for a certain section of road. Generally, a load is considered too large if the goods are over the width, height, or exceed the weight that can be carried by trailer standard or special trailer. However, these dimensions differ from state to state. In addition, permits are issued by the state government, not by the federal government.
What differentiates heavy freight or oversized cargo from regular flatbed delivery? The main difference between large and regular shipments lies in licensing. Large cargo requires a permit to transport the goods. There are various types of permits issued, depending on how big the size of the goods being sent and loaded, so a pilot car may be required. The pilot’s car has a large yellow sign “oversized load” and a rotating flashing light. Pilot cars run in front of or behind flatbed trucks to help other drivers become aware of oversized freight and help provide a safer ride both for other drivers and heavy freight drivers. It is necessary or not to procure special equipment depending on the height, weight and length of the cargo being transported. Heavy or large transportation transport goods such as: • Heavy equipment such as cranes, front loaders or backhoes • Pre-built houses • Large shipping containers • Building elements such as bridge beams, generators, or wind turbines • Industrial equipment
Are there restrictions on heavy and large freight? The main limitation for heavy transport and oversized haulage is that not every carrier is willing to carry large ones and not every carrier has enough knowledge or experience to complete the job safely. This causes the payload capacity to be limited. A load is deemed to qualify as too large if the load exceeds the legal limit and is considered “indivisible” —meaning that it cannot be divided within the legal limit and cannot be shipped in standard equipment. If the payload can be further broken down to avoid oversizing it, then do so. For example, if you want to ship goods for a bridge, don’t send the finished bridge to the project site. You must use a different shipping fee for parts over 102 inches in size.
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