Unless you live in the world of transportation logistics, chances are good you aren’t familiar with “Project Cargo” shipping. It’s a highly-specialized area of shipping that can be impacted by everything from a product’s size or materials to its country of origin or its final destination.

Since Project Cargo is an important part of our Halvor Logistics business, we wanted to share an overview of this interesting aspect of transportation logistics.

What is Project Cargo?

Project Cargo refers to the planning for and transportation of oversized, oddly-shaped, and/or heavy goods. These goods are often fragile (think windowpanes for large office buildings) and they are usually very expensive (heavy construction equipment, wind turbines, etc.).  Depending on their size and/or weight, they are either classified as an oversized load, overweight load, or a superload.

How is Project Cargo transported?

Project Cargo transport logistics vary depending on where the cargo originates and its final destination. If it’s an international shipment, goods will often travel by container ship, then be offloaded onto a railcar or semi-truck and trailer once the freight reaches land.

In North America, Project Cargo is often transported on flatbed, stepdeck, double drop, lowboy, RGN, or stretch trailers due to the freight’s size and non-standard dimensions. You can see examples of Project Cargo freight on the Halvor Logistics Oversized/Specialized/Project Cargo page.

Are there special logistics concerns around Project Cargo?

Yes! Unlike standard truckload freight shipments, Project Cargo often requires enhanced logistics planning in these areas:

  • Permitting: If your freight exceeds state and/or federal requirements for length, width and/or weight, you need to obtain an oversize or overweight transport permit. There are federal overweight and oversized freight regulations, but the federal government does not issue these permits. Instead, you’ll need a permit from the state where your goods originate. Here is an example of oversized permit requirements for Wisconsin, where Halvor Logistics is headquartered.

    If your freight is excessively large or heavy, it may be considered a superload. In addition to a permit, you may need additional permits from local law enforcement agencies. And you may need to carry additional insurance on the load.

    If that seems complicated, don’t worry. When you work with a broker like Halvor Logistics, we pair you with carrier partners who obtain all the necessary permits for your freight. We’ll handle the permits, so you can focus on product manufacturing.
  • Routing: Chances are you’ve seen signs on highways and roads noting height or weight restrictions. With Project Cargo, states often restrict the routes heavy and oversized loads can take. Regulations can even be seasonal, since thawing, freezing and ice or snow storms can adversely impact travel.  

    Routing is something manufacturers should be aware of, as it can impact delivery times, but when you work with a broker like Halvor Logistics, we work with our carriers to manage the routing logistics for you.
  • Load securement: Safety is job #1 with any truck transport, and that concern is multiplied with Project Cargo loads. Depending on the freight, it will be secured with chains, straps, tarps or some combination of those three. It is common for the freight to be loaded and secured before a carrier picks it up – but it is equally important that the carrier checks the freight throughout the transport process to make sure the load remains secure.
  • Risk Management: This actually involves a combination of the points listed above, with the addition of making sure the carriers you are working with are insured and have solid safety records. That’s why our Halvor Logistics asset-based carrier partners must have solid federal Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) scores and proof of insurance coverage.
  • Communication: Last but not least, coordinating all of the factors above requires solid communication. This is where you’ll really feel the Halvor Logistics difference. We combine the best in leading-edge tracking technology with the human touch our brokers provide. We can pinpoint your load at any point in its journey, and if you have questions or issues arise your dedicated broker is just an email or phone call away.

If you’re looking for someone to handle your Project Cargo or general truckload freight transportation needs, lets connect. You can reach us at (888) 462-4258 or email dispatch@halvorlogistics.com.

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