The 2021 oversize and heavy-haul trucking season.

This content has been modified since its original publish date. We distinctly recall writing it and see from the number of inquiries it has been very helpful to others. With the current health concerns involving COVID-19, our network is looking at a large increase in freight volumes. Our team will continue to update this information in the future. Please leave comments for other viewers.

The 2021 heavy-haul & oversize trucking season is here!

It looks like the 2021 heavy-haul and oversize trucking season is beginning to start. While freight volumes are still on the low side due to the winter months we can tell by the consistency of loads being posted that the season will move in high volume very shortly. This won’t come soon enough for many companies as the 2020 heavy-haul & oversize trucking season was very short-lived with freight volumes low. Economic indicators for 2021 look fair as the wind power industry continues forward with its continual expansion. That’s not to say it’s time to go trailer shopping just yet but it does look like we should have a bumper year. While the heavy-haul trucking industry certainly needs a boost, the oversize trucking industry needs it terribly bad with so many other companies dependent upon oversize freight in order to operate. This includes the entire pilot car industry as well as specialized equipment manufacturers that cater to and service items for the industry. Over the past few decades, we’ve learned that the pilot car industry can be very flexible as well as resilient and can recover from freight shortages pretty quickly considering. Whereas the heavy-haul industry suffers much longer from a short-term financial blow as company operating costs are high. Especially if you own a specialized trailer. The more axles, the more money you owe the bank.

7-axle heavy-haul trailer.

7-axle stretch deck heavy-haul trailer with ramps. This trailer is designed to handle up to 81,000 lbs. The ability to stretch makes it very versatile.

What do we think about 2021 and freight volumes?

2021 will be a great year for this area of the specialized trucking industry. While we’re not predicting record-breaking highs in freight volumes but it is our general opinion that 2021 will bring some much-needed relief as existing construction projects are already on the table. Companies that wish to have this work will need to push with existing advertising as well as create new avenues for advertising.

Oversize loads.

The outlook for oversize load shipping volumes looks very promising for 2021.

Here are a few noteworthy items about 2021 freight volumes:

  • Existing wind energy jobs in WY, KS, OK, and East TX will continue. However, quite a few projects are now being built in other parts of the world as well as the sea. This hurts us as far wind energy equipment shipping goes.
  • This the year following a new election year and consumer spending is up. These newly elected people proclaim it all but anything however once in office it’s usually a new story we all have to just roll with. It’s very hard for specialized trucking companies that facilitate growth projects to forecast what their capabilities will be for new construction projects. However, this year will be a big one.
  • The US has too many heavy equipment surplus items they’re in the process of selling off. That equipment will come up in the auctions this year so shipping from the auctions to the ports will be excellent in 2021. The overall freight volume getting a push in this area as well.

It’s going to be busy year folks. The companies that will earn the most money in 2021 are the ones that are advertising smart and savvy.

See also:

Heavy-haul and oversize trucking quotes.
Heavy-haul and oversize shipping regulations.

 

 

National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP) – FINALLY SOMETHING!!!

National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP) – USDOT.

The National Freight Strategic Plan defines the DOT’s vision and goals for the nation’s multi-modal freight system and defines strategies to achieve these goals. This Department of Transportation developed this plan through a multi-agency effort involving extensive consultation with freight stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. The DOT will use this plan to guide our national freight policy, programs, initiatives and investments. The Plan will also be used to inform state freight plans and identify freight data and research needs. Additionally, it provides a framework for increased cross-sector, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-modal coordination and partnerships. This Plan meets the requirements of the FAST Act to develop a strategic plan to implement the goals outlined in the new national multi-modal freight policy.

NFSP summary.

National Freight Strategic Plan summary. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) made history by debuting a national plan to improve the nation’s freight transportation system.

NFSP vision.

The freight transportation system of the United States will strengthen our economic competitiveness with safe and reliable supply chains that efficiently and seamlessly connect producers, shippers, and consumers in domestic and foreign markets.

NFSP full report.

National Freight Strategic Plan full report. The National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP), which was unveiled on September 3, is intended to boost the U.S. economy by streamlining the national multi-modal freight system by investing in infrastructure, the workforce, and cutting regulations.

National Freight Policy Strategic Goals

This National Freight Strategic Plan supports the U.S. DOT strategic goals of Safety, Infrastructure, and Innovation.

SAFETY: Improve the safety, security, and resilience of the national freight system.

INFRASTRUCTURE: Modernize freight infrastructure and operations to grow the economy, increase competitiveness, and improve quality of life.

INNOVATION: Prepare for the future by supporting the development of data, technologies, and workforce capabilities that improve freight system performance.

Federal Role

The following principles are finally being considered (should have been implemented decades ago) to guide U.S. DOT’s strategic leadership to support safe, efficient, and reliable goods movement. It’s a shame it took a pandemic to get the DOT up off of their haunches.

  • Modernize or eliminate unnecessary or duplicate regulations that inhibit supply chain efficiency, reduce incentives to innovation, delay project delivery, or raise costs to shippers and consumers; while protecting safety and environmental outcomes.
  • Improve cross-sector, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-modal collaboration to enhance inter-modal connectivity and first-and last-mile connections, streamline interstate policies and regulations, and support multi-state investment.
  • Provide targeted Federal resources and financial assistance to support freight projects that provide significant benefits to the national economy.
  • Invest in freight data, analytical tools, and research to enhance the abilities of State, regional and local agencies to evaluate and address freight issues.

“The Department is unveiling the first-ever National Freight Strategic Plan so that the U.S. can maintain our competitive edge across major industries like agriculture, manufacturing, energy production and E-commerce,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

 

The plan cites several areas of concern for the efficiency of the trucking industry specifically. These include the rising number of truck-involved fatal crashes, the lack of safe truck parking, increasing traffic congestion, automated driving technology, and poor infrastructure.

DOT also cites regulations as a barrier to maximizing freight efficiency: “…freight stakeholders frequently cite certain safety, environmental, and economic regulations as impediments to freight efficiency. There are often different perspectives as to whether these regulations are the best way to reach their intended goals or whether the costs associated with complying with a particular regulation exceed the benefits.”

The plan points to several decade old problems and trends that up until this point nobody wanted to deal with that are driving the immediate need for change so the nation’s supply chain won’t completely fail. Especially things like infrastructure, e-commerce, our population, rising domestic oil production, old and new technologies.

 

June updates on regulations information.

June updates on regulations and information, volume, production.

We hope that you are reaping the rewards of our 14+ years of industry service. We’re asking for your input on our regulations pages but more on that below. As you know freight volumes are up and increasing so it’s always a wise idea to follow the loadboard for your next direct customer. If you happen to be busy or stuck on the road and prefer to monitor your loadboard account via Apple or Android phone it’s pretty easy to install the APP via iTunes or Google Play – just search the term “WideloadShipping.com” and install it to your device.

Regulations updates and user comments

The main reason we are sending this quick note however is to let you know the Rules and Regulations pages have been updated for 2018 and we’re averaging around 1400 visitors on these pages 24 hours a day. With this much web traffic depending on our data we’d like to ask anyone viewing them that may have additional information to add please do so by using the quick comment form at the bottom of each page. You can add comments in a single click from any computer or device. We value and appreciate your valuable input and comments on these pages as it give our viewers (and us) more information. While the regulations have a lot of information there is constantly updates and more info you may wish to see featured.


Banner advertising information

Another opportunity we’d like to offer you is the ability to advertise on these pages. Our standard fee due to the amount of exposure you’ll get is $240 a month for a basic banner ad (this is about 90% cheaper than Google Adsense). However, for those interested in placing banner ads we’re having a sale this week for 40% off. That’s correct! We’ll place your banner ad on each of the State/Province oversize and heavy haul regulations for $144 a month. So if you’re currently running an ad campaign or thinking about it now is a real good time to implement it as our web traffic will be at its highest (14+ years online tells us so) until the beginning of the New Year. We offer full support and can even show you how to create your own customer banner (.gif file or moving images on it) for free. Just send a note and we’ll set you up. Our directory of carriers is wise and affordable as well (create account).

Silver investing a production volumes?

Web traffic isn’t the only thing that is up these days, so are freight volumes. We sure hope you’re getting your getting a nice slice of that! While we’re all catching up on maintenance and bills from the winter consider this do your absolute best to save money. While advertising in the right place will probably earn you more money do it wisely. Also, while we’re not investment strategists and have never proclaimed to be investing in silver seems to be a good idea. Here’s a decent page to follow for more information on investing in silver. Also, if you want a good source for purchasing it (it’s affordable) we highly suggest using the Bullion Vault to make purchases as they have spot prices and are reliable world wide. Why silver? Well, technology is advancing at a very high rate daily. So is production. While gold is great silver prices are not only affordable (as low as $16.42 per ounce on 06/12/18) but there’s a production shortage as mines are producing less). So, this is only what we consider a safe option. In no way are we conveying to you we are professional precious metal speculators.

Silver bullion.

Investing in silver is affordable and more than likely a very good idea. Production volumes are down and demand is increasing daily.

The main purpose of this post however is to remind you all just how much a quick comment at the bottom of our regulations pages helps others. We thank you for your input! Let us know if there’s anything we can do to make our service better for you.

Safe travels and in the kind words of Joe Overlease “don’t take cheap freight”!

New truck posting feature

New truck posting feature

Check out our new truck posting feature!

Carriers – Since technology and development money is in your long deserved corner we decided to add a new feature to your new loadboard and phone app; truck posting. While truck posting may not be the most popular thing in our industry as some loads require a lot of planning we have noticed more and more loads being posted with ASAP as the ship date. Researching it we learned a high percentage of these ASAP posts were on the smaller, lighter side making them easier to transport as all you needed was permits and you could roll. So while truck posting here is going to take a little time to get going the end result is going to make it well worth it even if it’s just for extra fuel to go in your desired direction. So, make sure you post with persistence and remember even one load from a direct customer can make all of the difference in the world. To use this new feature simply login it your account and click on “Post Trucks”.

Connect your loadboard account to your iPhone today!

Connect your loadboard account to your iPhone today!

We will be adding this feature to the iPhone app and the update will be available within the next few days. As far as the Android app goes our development team is working on it now and completion date will be sometime within the next week we’re hoping. On a last note the actual display page of your posted trucks will probably change looks a few time over the next week until we can get it ironed out the way we want it so don’t put too much thought into that. Links for customers will be on the front page, under the “Trucks” menu in the navigation bar, the “thank you” page after they’ve posted a load and a few other strategic locations throughout the website. To view the page click here. Your feedback is welcome by simply clicking on the “feedback” button located on the left of your screen from most pages on the site.

With that said, keep on trucking and don’t take cheap freight!

Regards,
WideloadShipping.com