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Shipping a Flatbed Truck

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. Flatbed Truck Shipping
  2. What can you ship on a flatbed truck?
  3. The cost of flatbed truck shipping
  4. Load weight
  5. Type of trailer
  6. Supply and demand
  7. Fuel cost
  8. Distance
  9. Get a Quote Today!
Shipping a Flatbed Truck

Flatbed Truck Shipping

Flatbed truck shipping is one of the top modes of transport around the globe. A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. is a proud provider of reliable flatbed truck shipping services not only across the mainland U.S. but with our large network of local, nationwide, and global long haul transport partners, we can also provide transport in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and more than 200 countries worldwide.


What can you ship on a flatbed truck?

Flatbed trucks are used for a wide array of products and are especially ideal for equipment and materials that are too large to haul inside a container, a van or other sealed transport options. Hauling on a flatbed truck often means that more can be shipped at one time. This can help cut costs by keeping the number of trips down since more can be loaded.

Flatbed trucks can haul:

  • Automobiles and trucks
  • Heavy farm and construction equipment
  • Mining equipment
  • Pallets of store merchandise
  • Landscaping materials
  • Lumber
  • Materials that must be lifted to load/unload
  • Concrete
  • Pipe
  • Building materials
  • Manufactured homes
  • Crushed vehicles
  • Boats

While flatbed trucks are great for many products and can haul up to around 45,000 pounds of equipment, they are not the right mode of transport for products including materials that need refrigerated or those that need temperature controlled environments or covered to prevent exposure to the elements. For those items, be sure to book transport with a refrigerated carrier or an enclosed carrier for safe transport.

The cost of flatbed truck shipping

With the rising cost of diesel fuel, costs associated with flatbed truck shipping as well as all other transportation will vary depending on several factors. These include:

  1. Load weight
  2. Type of trailer
  3. Supply and demand
  4. Fuel cost
  5. Distance

On average, flatbed truck shipping rates will range from $3.00 per mile to just over $4.00 per mile depending on the location of pickup and distance to delivery, the size of the load and even the season. Shipments throughout the Midwest are the highest while east and west coast shipments, will cost less.

When getting a quote, it is best to know the precise size and weight of the load as it will factor into the size of the truck. If a driver arrives and a load is far larger than what was booked, chances are they will have to deny the shipment until a different truck can be scheduled.

Load weight

Flatbed truck shipping calculates the weight of the load because weight will impact fuel cost. The heavier the load, the higher the fuel cost.

Type of trailer

There is more than one type of flatbed trailer, and this is considered when determining the cost to ship. A few types include:

  • Standard flatbed
  • Lowboys
  • Double drop flatbed
  • Stretch trailer
  • Curtain side
  • Side kit
  • Drop deck trailer

Supply and demand

Flatbed truck shipments in regions that have lots of production that needs shipment will cost less than areas that have fewer requests for flatbed truck shipping services.

Fuel cost

Fuel cost varies from one locale to the next, therefore costs will vary depending on the fuel cost where the truck must travel.


The total distance from pickup to delivery will factor into the cost to ship. The longer the distance, the more the cost will be.


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Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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