The Challenges of Oversized Shipping

The Challenges of Oversized Shipping

December 11, 2018

Oversized shipping is an often necessary method for transporting large cargo—but that does not mean it is easy! As a company that specializes in oversized hauling in Denver, CO and all over the country, we often receive questions about how oversized shipping works, and how we keep everything flowing from a logistical standpoint. We’ll be honest: it isn’t always easy. But we are able to use our vast experience and resources to ensure that everything gets where it needs to go in a timely fashion.

If you’d like to learn more about the challenges of oversized transport in Denver, CO, read on for more information.

What are oversized shipments?

So, what exactly constitutes oversized shipping? That definition varies a little from state to state, but generally speaking, oversized shipping is the label given to any cargo that is 8.6 feet wide or more, over 75 feet long and over 13 feet, six inches high.

You might be wondering why oversized shipping exists when the cargo might instead be placed in smaller containers. But there are certain materials that simply make more sense to ship in larger volumes, and oversized shipping helps save on logistical costs in the long run.

Travel restrictions

Oversized shipments can present driving challenges, and add safety risks to those driving around them. That is why many states and cities impose travel restrictions on oversized shipping trucks.

It varies by region, but generally speaking, oversized shipping trucks usually are not allowed to travel during night hours; they can only travel when there is daylight. Additionally, some areas prevent oversized shipping trucks from traveling during “peak travel periods,” or rush hours—typically between 6 and 9 a.m., and between 3 and 6 p.m.

Some areas have entirely different rules, limiting oversized cargo to only traveling between midnight and 4 a.m. when traffic is at its lowest.

Keeping track of all this can be difficult, which is why it’s a good idea to trust an experienced oversized transport company in Denver, CO with your oversized shipping needs.

“Super status”

We’ve explained the measurements that constitute oversized shipping, but there is actually a level beyond that as well. “Super status” refers to shipment sizes that are significantly larger than standard oversized shipments.

Generally, “super status” applies to any shipment that is over 15 feet high, over 14 feet wide or over 100 feet long.

Traveling restrictions tend to be even harsher on these “super status” shipments.

Trust the experts

As you can probably understand by now, oversized shipping can cause a lot of headaches if you do not know what you’re doing! But fortunately for you, you don’t have to worry about it yourself—you just have to worry about finding the right company to trust with the job.

Osage Specialized Transport is proud to have nearly two decades of experience in oversized hauling in Denver, CO and all over the country. We hope you will trust our experienced, dedicated and efficient team with all of your oversized shipping needs.

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