Shipping on Flatbed Trailers

More often than not, every time you drive down the highway you’ll see a number of flatbed trailers carrying a variety of different shipments. That is because flatbed trucks and trailers are an incredibly important and versatile part of the transportation industry.

They can ship nearly anything, though they’re especially good for large cargo. Flatbed trailers are typically used for both large and wide items, as well as items that need to be unloaded from above, the side or rear using a ramp or crane.

Most flatbed trailers are between 48′ and 53′ in length. The maximum width and height for cargo being transported by a flatbed is 8’6″, though it can be expanded to 11′. The most cargo can weigh is 48,000 pounds. The trailers can be straight across or articulated and come in a variety of sizes.

If your cargo is wider than the maximum 8’6″, it will be classified as a wide load or a heavy haul, which may require an escort vehicle depending on the state laws. Wide loads and heavy hauls can only be moved during daylight hours, so shipping speed will be affected.

Tall cargo (over 8’6″) will need to be transported on either a drop-deck (10’2″) or a double drop trailer (11’2″).


Most Common Items Shipped on Flatbeds are:

Commercial Heating & Air Conditioning Units

Electrical Transformers

Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Equipment

Steel & Raw Materials

Construction Site Supplies & Equipment

Large Machinery & Equipment

Formed Concrete Items


Large Beams and Trusses

Large Quantities of Wrapped & Stackable Products


While flatbed trailers are a great way to ship large cargo, it is important to note that a standard flatbed trailer will not be covered, so your shipment will be exposed to the elements and other vehicles on the road. If your items are too delicate to face the elements, there are many other shipping options that we offer. Feel free to call Millennium Transport Corp and speak with a professional to determine the best shipping method possible.

Millennium Transport is stationed in New York, but we service all across the United States and Canada. We aim to provide the most efficient and economical shipping solutions for all of our clients, and work with a number of service vendors to ensure you get on the best rates no matter your shipping needs. We take care of the details both big and small. You can rest easy when your shipments are in our hands. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you!


Millennium Transport Corp.

P: (800) 790-5325

E: shipping@millenniumtransports.com