Important Lessons in Shipping Extra Large, Oversize Loads

Oversize LoadOne of uShip’s Power Providers — MREBoatTransport — recently posted this incredibly entertaining video on YouTube.

Creatively using Xtranormal text-to-movie software, MRE Boat Transport’s video chronicles the interaction with a typical customer / shipper who is commonly unaware of the TRUE effort and preparation involved with transporting large shipments and oversize loads — in this case, an extra-wide boat from Tampa to Chicago.

The moral of the story?  As a customer needing to transport something extra large or unusual, hire a specialist.  Heed their advice.  Know it can cost more.  It’s worth it.  These carriers have particular experience in transporting unwieldy items, including boats with radar towers, modified or lowered vehicles, extra heavy equipment, grand pianos, one-of-a-kind antiques and even pets and livestock.

So how do you know who’s experienced and what to look for?

Prior to accepting a bid, check a carrier’s uShip profile, feedback score and reviews.  On uShip, past customers leave reviews and rate providers, so each has an associated feedback score.  For example, MREBoatTransport’s is 69.  The provider profile also provides photos, video, a carrier’s authorities, insurance information, DOT/MC numbers, types of cargo a carrier hauls, among other details.

After accepting a bid, ask the right questions.  You’ll be put in touch with a provider after accepting their bid.  This is your opportunity to talk to the carrier and learn more details.  If you don’t know what questions to ask, that’s ok — uShip has created several articles offering tips on transporting items, including boats, to help get you informed quickly.

If, after these two steps, you don’t feel 100% comfortable with information provided by a carrier, you CAN cancel.  If you decide to move forward (no pun), know that uShip “has got your back” with its Ship with Confidence Guarantee. For more information on working with providers on uShip, check out our Safe Shipping Guide.

 Now, on with the show…

Important Lessons in Shipping Extra Large, Oversize Loads was last modified: July 7th, 2013 by Dean Jutilla
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