What is a Flatbed Truck?

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A flatbed truck is a truck towing a trailer with a flat base and no walls. A flatbed is used to transport large cargo and oversize freight that a standard shipping container cannot accommodate.

Flatbed truck freight includes:

  • Building materials
  • Industrial equipment
  • Agriculture equipment
  • Military vehicles
  • Solar panels

There are many types of flatbed trucks such as the lowboy, step deck, stretch double drop, removable gooseneck, Conestoga, and sidekick.

The benefits of using a flatbed truck include:

Access from various angles for easy loading and unloading

Space flexibility without the limitations of a four-walled truck

An easily secured load for safe cargo transport and reduced risk of damage

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Moving freight on a flatbed requires specialized equipment, knowledge, and expertise such as:

  • Choosing the right truck for the specific freight
  • Loading and securing your specific cargo properly with tarps, chains, and corner protectors
  • Knowledge of regulations and safety requirements to ensure compliance and secure freight transport without risk of injury to others on the road
  • The complexities and costs of flatbed freight can drain your operations and profit margins.

Sourcing reliable capacity of flatbed equipment that’s full service at competitive rates can be difficult. That’s why it’s best to partner with a 3PL, like BlueGrace Logistics, with extensive flatbed experience.

BlueGrace Logistics takes the burden off your operations with:

  • An established network of trucks and trailers to meet your needs.
  • A dedicated team of advisors to guide you through moving your specialized, flatbed freight combined with consistent service and communications throughout the process.
  • Knowledgeable industry experts that know the nuances, intricacies, and market dynamics of flatbed shipping industries like manufacturing, automotive, agriculture, energy, and construction.

Streamline flatbed truck sourcing by partnering with the flatbed experts at BlueGrace logistics.

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The BlueShip® Platform

LTL Rating

Simplify your LTL with the proprietary BlueShip Rating Engine built for speed, accuracy, and performance. This LTL rating engine delivers thousands of rates in seconds through a single instance platform - so you can quote with confidence. As an open platform, it allows for an easy and accessible API with a software development kit available.

Multi-Modal Support

Built on a modern tech-stack with software products designed to support an increasing amount of transportation and modes. Full truckload, less-than-truckload, refrigerated, temperature controlled, flatbed, intermodal and more. BlueShip TMS is designed with flexibility and customization to support multiple modes and multiple integrations that provide the highest level of visibility across your supply chain.

Freight Tracking and Visibility

Having complete visibility to your freight is a necessity. With the BlueShip platform, you'll have access to built-in tracking, making it effortless to see where your freight is, every step of the way.

Predictive Analytics, Actionable Data & Meaningful Insights

BlueShip drives value through understanding, comprehending, and visualizing your logistics network data. Based on highly clean and accurate data, this gives you deep visibility across your supply chain. It allows for AI and machine learning, as well as predictive and prescriptive decision support analytics to build resilience, prepare for disruption and increase operations efficiency.

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