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Livestock trailers (also known as stock, cattle, hog, and horse trailers) are a vital part of the agricultural industry, used to transport animals between farms, markets, and processing facilities.

The livestock trailer transportation plays a huge role in our food supply chain. In this critical sector, experienced shipping companies ensure a safe and stress-free experience.

Atlantic Project Cargo is the trusted choice for farmers and agricultural specialists. We aid in transporting your farm equipment and heavy machinery precisely and professionally.

WHAT IS A LIVESTOCK TRAILER?

A livestock trailer transports farm animals such as cows, horses, sheep, and pigs. They are made of steel or aluminum (sometimes their combination) to ensure the safety and comfort of the livestock during transit. The interiors are designed to prevent injury, and their features include individual compartments, ventilation systems, and non-slip flooring. These trailers are essential in modern farming, facilitating the efficient movement of animals between different locations for trade, grazing, or veterinary care.

WHAT ARE THE VARIOUS LIVESTOCK TRAILERS?

Stock trailers

Multipurpose trailers for transporting cows, horses, pigs, and many more.

Horse trailers

Made specifically for moving horses, featuring individual stalls and often including areas for tack and living quarters.

Gooseneck trailers

Provide increased stability and can accommodate large numbers of animals.

Livestock box trailers

Due to their enclosed design, livestock box trailers are for smaller animals such as sheep or pigs.

MOVING LIVESTOCK TRAILER ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Transporting livestock trailers across the US can be a hard task. It requires careful planning, adherence to regulations, and a deep understanding of the logistics involved.

Modes of Transport

There are several transport options, such as:

  • Flatbed Trailers
    The most common choice for long-distance hauls, it offers secure and stable platforms. These trailers come in various sizes;
  • Step Deck Trailers
    Ideal for taller livestock trailers, they provide added ground clearance to prevent scraping; 
  • Double Drop Trailers
    Offering the lowest loading height among common options, they are perfect exceptionally for tall livestock trailers like horse trailers;
  • Heavy Haul Carriers
    For exceptionally large or heavy trailers. 
  • Railway
    Railway infrastructure is not so extensive as the highway system, restricting route options and accessibility compared to trucks. 

 

Regulations and Restrictions

Federal and state regulations and restrictions demand careful attention. Here’s a brief look into key considerations:

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) Regulations
    These govern the operation of commercial motor vehicles, including those transporting livestock trailers. Drivers must comply with Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations, weight limits, and safety protocols;
  • Permits
    Permits for oversized or overweight cargo are set by individual states;
  • Transportation restrictions
    Certain routes or times might be off-limits.

 

Essential Documents

Among the necessary documents are:

  • Bill of Lading
    This document serves as a contract between the shipper and the carrier;
  • Permits
    From state and local authorities for oversized and overweight trailers might be needed;
  • Proof of Insurance
    Both cargo insurance and liability insurance are recommended.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF LIVESTOCK TRAILER

Moving livestock trailers across international borders is a complex procedure. 

Regulations

Here are some crucial aspects to consider:

  • Export/ Import Licenses and Permits
    Different countries have varying requirements. You’ll need permits based on trailer type, dimensions, weight, and purpose. For example, trailers exceeding 750 kg require registration in most EU countries. Moreover, for journeys between the EU and non-EU states, access is granted through the ECMT permit system;
  • Customs clearance
    As with every cargo, trailers must pass through customs at both origin and destination. This involves preparing accurate documentation, including Bills of Lading, commercial invoices, certificates of origin, and so on;
  • Safety and Roadworthiness
    Ensure that the livestock trailer complies with the destination country’s regulations. This may involve inspections and obtaining any necessary certification.

Shipping Methods

There are four main shipping methods, and all of these methods can be combined and used for multimodal transportation. Let’s have a look at them.

  • Ocean freight
    The most common and cost-effective method for oversized or overweight trailers. Trailers are loaded into containers or on Ro-Ro vessels. Ocean freight offers long-distance reach but slower transit times;
  • Air freight
    Fastest method, but significantly more expensive than other options. Suitable for smaller or urgent shipments. Trailers are disassembled or packed into special air cargo containers;
  • Rail freight
    A great option for regional shipping within continents. It is slower than ocean freight;
  • Road freight
    Ideal for shorter distances, but requires specialized trucks and permits. 

FACTORS AFFECTING THE COST OF LIVESTOCK TRAILER SHIPPING

Here are some key factors to consider.

Trailer Characteristics

Size and Weight
Larger and heavier trailers require more space, and it affects the cost;

Type
Specialized features add to the trailer’s complexity and cost, which influences shipping fees.

Distance and Route

Origin and Destination
Shipping distance plays a major role in determining cost;

Shipping Method
Chosen mode of transportation and route significantly impact price.

Regulations and Permits

Border Crossing
This can involve additional fees for permits, inspections, and customs clearance.

Additional Considerations

Seasonality
Demand for equipment shipping can fluctuate with seasons;

Fuel Prices
Can influence transportation costs;

Insurance
Protecting your shipment against potential damage or loss adds to the overall cost.

ADVANTAGES OF LIVESTOCK TRAILER SHIPPING​ WITH ATLANTIC PROJECT CARGO

Our global network navigates the unique challenges of livestock trailer transport, providing tailored solutions, regulatory compliance, and cost-effective, on-time deliveries.