How To Ship Large Items

July 24, 2018 by Mikayla Avila Vila
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What’s A “Large Item”?

In the shipping world, “large items” is a broad term. In fact, there is no standard for what qualifies as a large item. Largeness is in the eyes of the shipper. What exactly are you shipping?

  • An ACME anvil?
  • Maybe 14 pallets of shrink wrapped, definitely haunted dolls?
  • Or, is it simply one 18’ long pipe to some guy named T. Hawk?

All of these (and more) would certainly qualify as large items, but in different, distinctive ways.

Are You Shipping A Parcel or Freight?

Does your shipment  weigh under 150 lbs., with a maximum length of 108 inches, and a girth and length less than 165 inches? If you answered “yes” to all of the above, then it definitely isn’t a large item. What we just described is parcel! Worry not: we ship parcel, too!

When You Ship Large Items, You’re Shipping Freight

Shipments  over those dimensions need to be shipped as freight. You can consider any item that needs to be shipped as freight to be a “large item.” When you ship large items, you will have choices to make about the kind of trailer, truck, and space you’ll need to complete your shipment. FreightCenter’s in-house shipping agents will help you determine what vehicle type and services are right for you.

Less-than-truckload If you’re looking for a cost-effective mode of transportation for shipping a pallet or two, and know you won’t need the whole trailer for it, less-than-truckload will be the perfect fit. An excellent choice for shipments over 150 lbs, but under 20,000 lbs. You’ll share the truck space with other shipper’s freight.

Truckload If your freight is time sensitive and needs the whole space in the truck due to sheer size and weight, truckload is the choice to make. This can be a speedier choice, since all the freight in the truck belongs to one shipper, and is headed to a single destination.

Partial truckload This is the perfect choice for in-betweeners shipping large items—anything from 6 to 18 pallets within the 8,000 lbs. – 27,000 lbs. range. PTL does not rely on freight class classifications, has competitive rates against LTL, with quicker delivery times.

Overlength freight Overlength shipments are good for unusually long freight that doesn’t take up much room in the trailer. This can be anywhere from 96” to 144” (or between 8 feet and 12 feet). Make sure to check with your carrier about the limitations ahead of time.

Oversize freight  There limitations for trucks on the size of the things they’re able to carry, as well as road restrictions based on an area’s infrastructure and their ability to handle shipping large items. Here are some quick rules to oversize freight:

  • Exceeds 8 ft. 6 in. (2.59 m) in width
  • Exceeds 13 ft. 6 in. (4.11 m) in height
  • 34k lbs. to 80k lbs.; depends on number of axles

Oversize freight needs specific transportation equipment. Ask your freight agent what the best course of action may be for your cargo.

Don’t Break Your Back Shipping Freight

Make sure you choose the right services to help handle the load. There are several to consider:

FirstMile—This service includes anything from dismantling and packaging a piece of freight before it’s moved from point A to point B, to inside pickup, the labor of lifting and carrying it, liftgate, etc.

Final Mile—Final Mile is a service that can include unpacking and item, carrying it where it needs to be, removing packing materials, etc. This can be paired with White Glove.

Lift gate—At pickup and delivery. This service is perfect for large, bulky shipments and shippers with no access to a loading dock. This helps get your large item into the truck.

We provide tons of other accessorial services for your freight. Let’s find the right fit and get your large item shipped.

Let FreightCenter Help

We’re pros at finding the right people to ship large items. To learn more about the best way to ship your freight, chat with one of our freight experts, or call us at 800.716.7608. In the meantime, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

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