A large number of manufacturing companies in Australia ship standard-sized products to various corners of the country. From soaps to food products, they use freight transporting companies to despatch these goods to various locations. However, not all consignments will feature small and medium-sized products. In some cases, the consignment might be large, heavy and bulky too. For instance, consider manufacturing companies that produce office equipment, farming and industrial machines etc. These machines will not only be large. They will certainly be way above the standard width, height, length and weight prescribed for a wide range of goods. Freight transport companies refer to these consignments as heavy hauls.
Several standard regulatory provisions apply to shipping regular goods and products. However, not many of these will apply to shipping heavy hauls. These goods might exceed the prescribe width, height or length requirements applicable on the shipping of goods. In addition, even the weight of these goods might be well over the prescribed limits. In this scenario, the transport company will need to use special equipment for loading the goods on their trucks. Moreover, they will usually need to produce special permits in order to transport these loads. On occasions, the transporting company might need to use supporting vehicles such as bucket trucks, chase cars, pilot cars etc. Similarly, heavy hauls might need some alterations for meeting various road clearance considerations in case no alternative routes remain available.
To make shipping heavy hauls easy and stress-free, consider the following aspects:
- Plan Carefully: As far as possible, ensure that you have ample time for organising things for transporting the heavy haul. Check whether you’ll need to hire a crane, a forklift etc. for loading the truck. Also, use the time to determine all the permits that you’ll likely require. In many cases, the NSW transport company will be responsible for requesting permits and including them in the shipping cost.
- Ascertain the Dimensions of the Load: Be aware of the length, height, width and weight of the load. Knowing these details will enable you to ascertain the type of permits you need for shipping heavy hauls. Some routes might not be feasible or available for trucks carrying heavy hauls to use. Even a difference of a few inches might necessitate using an alternative route.
- The Special Requirements: Consider the additional requirements that you might require for transporting the heavy haul. For instance, consider whether you’ll require bracing, flags, tie-down points or tarps for transporting the consignment safely. Fragile loads will require strong straps to secure it during the transportation process.
With a reputed and experienced freight transport company by your side, you can expect superlative and cost-effective services. These service providers will be able to deal with each activity during the transportation process. Hence, you can expect your consignment to reach the destination with minimal fuss.
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