Flatbed shipping is a transportation solution for unique freight shipping needs. Flatbeds are ideal for cargo that does not require the enclosure of a dry van, does not fit within standard truck trailer dimensions or can’t be loaded or unloaded from a dock.
When transported properly, flatbed trucks are an excellent resource for shippers and carriers alike and provide several critical benefits making them exclusive to other forms of trucking services. We’ve created a quick resource to help explain flatbed shipping and how to ensure that your shipment runs as smoothly as possible.
Benefits of Flatbed Shipping
Dimensional Flexibility for Large Freight
Flatbed services are ideal for cargo that exceeds normal dry van dimensions and weight limits. Our shipping experts will work with you to understand your specific needs and determine what type of flatbed best suits your cargo.
Easy Loading and Unloading
Flatbed trailers can be loaded from the sides, rear and from above via cranes or other equipment means. After careful consideration of your freight requirements, our team will work with you during the booking process to ensure the appropriate tools are available for securing cargo prior to transportation as well as unloading upon arrival.
Tips for Using Flatbed Transportation
Understand Your Freight and its Needs
When working with a third-party logistics (3PL), it’s critical that you disclose all of the particulars of your shipment. These details should include the commodities being shipped, the value of the freight, dimensions and weight. Being familiar with your cargo from the beginning of the process will help eliminate any unforeseen issues before or during transit.
Choose a Third-Party Logistics Partner with a History of Success
Ensuring that your delivery runs as smoothly as possible starts with choosing a logistics partner that you can depend on. A knowledgeable 3PL will walk you through all aspects of your haul to guarantee that no details are overlooked. Things you should keep in mind when choosing a flatbed service include:
- Details of the flatbed freight
- Understanding the different types of flatbed trailers
- Height and weight restrictions
- Loading and unloading procedures
- Driver involvement for uniquely shaped and heavy freight
- Capacity limitations and the potential need for an extended trailer
- Are tarps needed for transportation? Not all trucks have them
- What other accessories are required for safe transportation? These typically include straps & tie-downs, chains, edge protectors, tarps, blocking, bracing, dunnage, coils and coil racks
- How will the freight be loaded and unloaded?
- Logistics details with pickup and delivery locations
Flatbed Shipping with NTG
We offer a comprehensive range of services to accommodate all types of flatbed cargo and client needs across North America. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our solutions and how we can help make your flatbed shipment run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.