Flatbed trucking is a common mode of transport for oversized loads and / or truckloads, but shippers should be diligent when choosing from the many flatbed carriers in the marketplace. When evaluating a carrier’s flatbed services, it’s prudent to double check their credentials, including:
- Do they have a valid Federal Carrier’s Auditory? Check the trucker’s licenses and confirm that all licenses are in good standing.
- Does the carrier have the appropriate cargo and liability insurance for flatbed transportation? All flatbed carriers should have a minimum of $100,000 in liability insurance. Obtain a written certificate of insurance and confirm coverage with the trucker’s insurance broker.
- Check the flatbed trucking company’s safety statistics by contacting the Federal Department of Transportation. A high number of accidents should signal the shipper to look elsewhere.
- How’s the carrier’s credit rating? Company’s that do a better job of managing their finances will likely perform a better job transporting your freight.
- Flatbed carriers typically include 2 hours of loading and unloading in their freight quote.
- Tarps are often used in flatbed transportation. Did the flatbed carrier offer this service in their quote?
- Were you quoted a partial load or full truck load. Partial loads are cheaper but tend to take longer than full truckloads.
There are a number of options and considerations that a shipper must evaluate when choosing from the many flatbed carriers. Consider a flatbed broker to handle the vetting of the many flatbed haulers. Good, reputable truckload brokers can save Shippers a long time, hassle, and money.