At some point, a broker may suggest flatbed freight shipping. This is a term that few people are familiar with. Here is some helpful information about the ins and outs of this method and why it’s often the recommendation for many machine tool transport companies.
What Is Flatbed Freight Shipping?
A flatbed is a type of trailer designated for machine tools, cars, and construction vehicles. The trailer may be necessary for transporting freight that may not fit within the confines of a typical LTL truck.
Many machine tools, such as commercial metal lathes, hobbing machines, and drill presses are exceptionally large and irregularly shaped. These require transport on an open flatbed trailer.
Preparing Your Freight for Flatbed Shipping
When speaking with a broker, provide as much information as you can about your freight. This helps the broker determine whether a flatbed is necessary and if so, which type. The nature of the freight also determines other shipping requirements. For example, some freight may require a tarp. Continue Reading →