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What to Know About Break Bulk

Break bulk is a shipping system that successfully transports cargo that cannot fit in standard-size cargo bins or containers. The load is usually bundled in pieces separately and transported in barrels, drums, boxes, bags, crates, or bales and pushed, lifted, or rolled into a ship individually. The most common types in this category are machinery, structural steel, cars, and other manufactured goods.

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Break Bulk Shipping Services You Can Rely On

Generally, break bulk cargo requires reasonable space on container vessels and reliable partners or agents dedicated to intact delivery of your shipment. Still, a common challenge in this shipping system is the extra coordination and resources needed. Typically, these cargo vessels are fitted with high-capacity deck cranes with additional devices to load and unload the oversized freight. In the US, break bulk transport is projected to make up to half of all the cargo leaving and entering the country, indicating the high demand for these shipping services. You can get specialist break bulk services at Wide Load Shipping, where we understand the complexity of large shipments and provide clients with expert shipping systems.

As Wide Load Shipping provides break bulk transport services, we also understand that the nature of the cargo may be outside the legal dimensions. Therefore, we ensure the required permits and precautions are available and implemented for safe transport. With this approach, you can deliver your cargo to smaller ports that cannot accommodate bigger containers shipped separately. Since most cargo often belongs to multiple customers, these break bulk cargo ships come in various sizes, from 2,000 to about 40,000 deadweight tonnages (DWT). Our expertise in wide-load shipments enables us to accord our clients efficient and reliable options at affordable rates.

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Oversize Load Regulations by State

Wide Load Shipping has over twelve years of experience, and we’ve listed the regulations you need to know for transporting oversize loads in each state.

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Wide Load Shipping simplifies oversize load transport. We handle every aspect of transport, from the initial dispatch to final delivery. Find out more now!

Benefits of Break Bulk Services at Wide Load Shipping

Break bulk services’ most prominent and expected benefit is the capacity to transport oversized or heavy loads. We easily break down freight and ship it safely. In addition, since not all ports are upgraded to receive or send large containers, break bulk cargo services at Wide Load Shipping enable you to transport your cargo to various ports worldwide hitch-free. This shipping system also makes transporting or delivering freight and supplies in underdeveloped countries easy. We have affordable cargo services under this system that allows transporting from ports by and for clients needing inland services.

Wide Load Shipping has dedicated and knowledgeable agents ready to answer all your questions regarding shipping solutions in break bulk services. We are transparent in every step necessary to safely ship your break bulk freight. All overweight and oversize cargo need mandatory shipping permits. But with our years of experience in this industry, you don’t have to worry about the different permits required. We will let you know the necessary permits and limits from one state to another. This is also because a shipment can be considered overweight or oversized in one state but not another. Having an agent who understands the best way to ship your break bulk cargo will save you time and money.

Common Break Bulk Cargo Commodities

When looking for break bulk services from Wide Load Shipping, it’s to understand what qualifies for this shipping system. Common cargo in this category includes:

  • Drums, barrels, and Casks
  • Sacked or bagged loads
  • Wooden and corrugated containers and boxes
  • Bailed loads
  • Structural steel and girders
  • Rolls and reels
  • Vehicle and equipment components
  • Over-sized, long, or heavy commodities

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Cross Country And International Break Bulk Shipping Services

A majority of break bulk cargos are delicate and require to be handled with utmost professionalism. Whether it’s liquid or solid, we will do our best to ensure they’re handled with care. We transport breakbulk goods in bags, pallets, crates, and drums, among others. Wide Load Shipping is ready to move your break bulk commodities to and from the port, warehouse, an d every other location of your choice. Our break bulk shipping services are available all year round across all states, Canada, Mexico, and internationally. Call us for a free shipping quote! (877) 792-5056

Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is breakbulk freight?

Break bulk freight refers to all items, commodities, and cargo transported in bulk on the sea, dry surface, or air. The term also refers to the fees or charges to transport freight and supplies through bulk means and systems.

  1. What is the difference between RoRo and break bulk?

RoRo is a short form for Roll-on Roll-off, showing or describing how cargo or commodities are loaded and discharged in a vessel. Break bulk, on the other hand, is cargo or freight that cannot fit in standard-size shipping containers.

  1. How do you transport break bulk cargo?

Break bulk cargo is shipped in barrels, drums, crates, boxes, and bags via general freight, multi-purpose, or break bulk vessels. It can also be transported by truck or train.

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Your dedicated transport agent provides you with an all-inclusive quote tailored to fit your needs. We pull the permits, handle route surveys, find the best driver, and more.


Driver Dispatch

Once everything is in place, a driver is dispatched to pick up your heavy equipment. Your equipment is safely loaded and secured before setting off.


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Your dedicated agent is available throughout the entire journey to answer any questions you may have. Your oversize load is delivered safely and on time. Get your transport quote now!