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The foundation of every farm is efficient, reliable transportation. But before getting grain from point A to point B, you need to deliver the trucks and trailers that will do it.

Atlantic Project Cargo is a leading provider of farm truck transport services, specializing in the movement of agricultural equipment.

WHAT IS A FARM GRAIN TRUCK?

A farm grain truck (known also as “farm truck” or “grain haler”), is specifically designed for moving grains from wheat and corn to soybeans.

TYPES OF FARM GRAIN TRUCKS AND TRAILERS

Farm grain trucks and trailers come in a variety of sizes, and each one is designed for specific needs. Let’s explore their different types.

Grain Trucks

  • Single Axle. Ideal for smaller farms and shorter distances. They are well-suited for navigating tight spaces, but have limitations in terms of load capacity;
  • Tandem Axle. Offering increased load-bearing capacity, and are popular for medium-sized farms. 

Grain Trailers

  • Hopper Bottom. Known for their efficiency in unloading, they offer a design that facilitates a quick and smooth flow of grain;
  • Flatbed. For grains, they require additional features such as side panels to prevent spillage;
  • Side Dump. Offering convenient side-to-side unloading, they are efficient for delivering grain directly into storage bins;
  • Belt Conveyor. Equipped with a conveyor belt system, these trailers enable continuous and controlled unloading. 

 

MOVING FARM TRUCKS ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Let’s explore the various transportation methods used, along with the restrictions and regulations governing the movement of farm trucks and trailers across the US. 

Methods of Shipping

  • Flatbed
    These trailers are the most popular option for domestic transport, especially for medium-sized equipment;
  • Step Deck
    For taller trucks that wouldn’t fit on a regular flatbed;
  • Double Drop
    Used for exceptionally tall or wide machinery, these trailers have a lower deck for maximum clearance;
  • Specialized Heavy Haul Carriers
    For oversized or extremely heavy equipment exceeding standard road weight limits;
  • Railroad
    Great option if you need to transport multiple farm grain trucks. 

Restrictions and Regulations

  • Federal Dimension Limits
    FHWA dictates the maximum allowable size for trucks on the National Highway System;
  • State Variations
    Individual states often have stricter size and weight restrictions on their non-NHS roads; 
  • Bridge Weight Restrictions
    Can be lower than overall road limits;
  • Permits for Oversized or Overweight Loads
    If your equipment surpasses the federal or state limitations, you will need a special permit;
  • State Specific Nuances
    Each state has its own rules and exceptions for weight limits, permit requirements, and even escorting rules. 

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF FARM TRUCKS

International farm truck shipping has its own methods, key regulations, and essential considerations. Let’s have a look at them.

Shipping Methods

  • Ro-Ro Vessels
    This popular method involves driving the truck directly onto specialized ships designed for wheeled cargo;
  • Container Shipping
    Farm trucks can be disassembled or partially dismantled to fit into standard shipping containers;
  • Flat Rack Ships
    For oversized and non-disassemblable trucks;

Regulations and Documentation

  • Import and Export Permits
    Different countries have specific regulations for importing and exporting agricultural vehicles;
  • Phytosanitary Certificates
    To prevent the spread of pests and diseases, many countries require phytosanitary certificates for sued farm trucks;
  • Vehicle Registration and Insurance
    Trucks should be properly registered and insured for both the origin and destination countries;
  • Customs Clearance
    Navigating this process can be complex. 

Consulting with an experienced international shipping company like Atlantic Project Cargo is crucial for navigating the complexities and ensuring a compliant and efficient shipment.

FACTORS AFFECTING THE COST OF FARM TRUCK SHIPPING

The final cost can vary significantly, depending on several key factors. Here’s a breakdown of the primary factors.

 

Shipment Characteristics

  • Size and Weight
    The larger and heavier the truck, the higher the shipping fee;
  • Disassembly
  • Trucks that can be partially or fully disassembled for container shipping can benefit from lower costs;
  • Condition
    Used farm trucks require additional cleaning, fumigation, or repairs to comply with import regulations, adding to the overall cost.

Other factors that affect the total price of shipment are:

  • Shipping Method (Ro-Ro, container, flat-rack);
  • Route and distance;
  • Regulations and documentation;
  • Additional services (packing and securing, pre-shipment inspection, insurance). 

ADVANTAGES OF FARM TRUCK SHIPPING​ WITH ATLANTIC PROJECT CARGO

Atlantic Project Cargo will help you with heavy equipment shipping challenges. Our expertise in oversized loads allows us to create tailored solutions, and navigate complex regulations and global logistics networks. We deliver efficient, cost-effective transport, ensuring your cargo reaches its destination smoothly.