In the logistics industry, even the most minor mistakes can be costly. This is especially huge for heavy haul, where massive pieces of machinery, equipment, and other over dimensional objects are being hauled over the road.
It all comes down to proper planning and preparation. This is the ideal solution to preventing mistakes before they happen.
In this blog post, we share some of the most common heavy haul mistakes and how to prevent them.
Ensuring You Have the Right Permits
Heavy haul is different from standard shipping in that special permits are required to haul. After all, drivers are hauling incredibly heavy loads with unusual dimensions. Safety comes into play, and different types of equipment are needed to accommodate these complex items.
When doing the paperwork for a heavy haul shipment, be thorough and don’t rush through it. One wrong dimension or omitted detail can end up being a huge, costly headache later on.
Know Your Dimensions
Careless mistakes when taking down the dimensions of heavy haul freight can cause a domino effect that impacts your bottom line. Every carrier has their own way of taking dimensions, but most importantly they need to be accurate.
Inaccurate dimensions can affect freight quotes, so you might end up paying more than you actually need to.
Have Clear Communication With the Receiver
Oftentimes a delivery is made, but comes to a jarring halt if the receiver doesn’t have the resources to offload the item(s).
It’s important for the shipper and receiver to be in close communication to ensure a smooth delivery from start to finish. Check to make sure they have the necessary equipment on hand to safely offload, while also having ample space to store the load.
If they don’t have these details ironed out, it could lead to delays and extra freight charges.