Welcome back to Freight Forwarders where we'll get on to explaining what flatbed freight is and how it works.
When someone needs to ship some good that are large or perhaps fragile, or for certain other reasons where traditional shipping methods can't be used, flatbed freight is in many cases the solution.
Let's say you have a rare antique display cabinet that is bulky and will require special treatment so that it arrives at its destination intact. Sending it via flatbed freight solves the problem straight away because the item can easily be loaded and unloaded minimizing any chance of damage or mishap.
Flatbed freight is generally utilized for the shipping of heavy machinery, construction materials and other large items that are nit suitable for conventional transportation methods. This is evident when you need to transport something like an earth mover that is used in construction. The machine can move for short distances on its tracks within the confines of a construction site, but it is not suited for a leisurely drive on the highway! In order to transport the earth mover from its depot to the construction site, a flatbed truck or a low loader semi truck must be used.
Large, heavy or voluminous construction materials such as long, heavy sewage pipes, long I-beams used in high rise construction, pallet loads of bricks, concrete blocks or cinder blocks, pallet loads of cement bags, loads of constructional wood etc are all shipped using flatbed freight trucks. This is because regular transportation is simply unsuitable and companies that deal in home or office furniture or similar simply can't handle the logistics of such heavy and difficult loads.
If your business has a requirement to ship large or difficult inventory then making use of this specialized type of transportation is generally the most affordable and sensible answer for getting it to its destination with the minimum of hassle.
Another fairly common use of flatbed freight trucks is for transporting an automobile from a garage or depot that is not local to your town's dealership. Similarly if you make a purchase using the Internet, or buy a car you see advertised in a national newspaper, you'll need to have the car transported to your home. This is easily handled by a flatbed freight truck and can often work out cheaper than you travelling maybe many miles to pick the car up yourself and drive it back.
So there you see how useful the specialized type of goods transportation known as a flatbed freight truck can be in certain situations that require a method of transportation for loads that are not suited to regular semi trucks or delivery trucks that most goods transportation and trucking companies can make use of.
Comment by: freight forwader
Abdul, you are most welcome. I am glad my knowledge of the freight forwarding industry has helped you.
Comment by: Abdul
There is a lot that I didn't know before about the whole freight forwarding industry, but thanks to reading the many highly informative articles I am now much better informed. Before today, I did not know what flatbed freight was, but now I do and it is really so obvious when you realize what is involved with this side of the transportation and logistics industry as a whole.
Thank you for your information and sharing your knowledge. Abdul
Comment by: Baba
I very much enjoyed this excellent post on flatbed freight and how it is used for the many awkward and unconventional loads that ordinary trucks would have difficulty with! Thank you for the info!