Flatbed Shipping

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Keep Production Efficient with Reliable Flatbed Shipping

Production slowdowns — or even shutdowns — due to delays caused by your flatbed trucking companies are not only frustrating, but they can also hurt your bottom line.

Why is it so hard to find a reliable flatbed carrier?

Find a flatbed trucking company you can trust by asking the right questions. Ask about their driver hiring requirements. Are they hiring drivers new to the industry or do they require recent experience? One tenured, make sure those drivers go through ongoing safety and securement training.

Those questions can help you determine if they know the latest and best practices to safely transport your freight — and can be expected to reliably deliver your freight on time and claim-free.

That's what you can expect when you work with Anderson Trucking Service (ATS). With experienced drivers hauling your flatbed freight, shipping with ATS will keep your production flowing.

Flatbed Shipping That Keeps You in Control

Waiting for available capacity to fit your unique freight needs shouldn’t be the norm. Gain control of your shipping schedule with a diverse open-deck trailer fleet that has the flexibility to quickly move capacity when and where you need it.

And stay in control of your freight by relying on:

  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) tracking that can integrate with your EDI systems
  • Real-time tracking and visibility of your freight using our online Customer Portal
  • A single point of contact to keep you in the loop if you don’t have EDI systems — or just want to talk to a real person

Flatbed Carrier Selection Checklist

Picking the right flatbed carrier for your business can be difficult.

We're here to show you how. 

Download this guide today and take the first step toward developing healthy carrier partnerships that'll be there for you tomorrow.

Find Out Which Open-Deck Trailer Is Right for You

As a shipper, it's important to understand how many open-deck trailer varieties are available to you, the ways they can be customized and the additional considerations you need to think about to ensure your over-dimensional and heavy haul freight arrives on time and in perfect condition.

Here are some resources to help you choose the right open-deck trailer for your next project. We encourage you to bookmark them for easy reference.

  • Understand what goes into finding the right open-deck trailer: Start here for your comprehensive overview. Learn about the common types of open-deck trailers available, how you can modify them for your needs, everything you should consider and what a flatbed or heavy haul carrier should do to make sure you have the right equipment.
  • Your at-a-glance Trailer Selection Guide: If you're unsure of whether your next project will require you to ship via removable gooseneck (RGN), lowboy, step deck, drop deck or another trailer type, and you want an easy-to-understand visual reference, this guide's for you.
  • Determine what size heavy haul trailer you need: Learn the minimum threshold of what's considered "heavy haul" and a simple equation that will help you determine how many axles your trailer will need.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes ATS Specialized, Inc., as a Registered SmartWay® Transport Partner — Partnership Date: 03/05/2013; SmartWay ID: 30886024 — Expires: 02/28/2024


Stay in Control With Your Flatbed Shipping

Gain control of your shipping schedule with a diverse open-deck trailer fleet that has the flexibility to quickly move capacity when and where you need it. Keep your freight moving and know where it is at all times with GPS tracking and 24/7 support from a single point of contact.
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Your driver is amazing, super polite and his etiquette was spot on. He arrived with a pre-plan for his next stop and asked if we had other logistics needs. It was the greatest thing I've seen in 25+ years of shipping.

We don't look to hire vendors to move our freight - we look for partners with whom we can service our customers above expectation. ATS is absolutely one of those choice partners.

Marissa R.

ATS is always willing to listen to emerging requirements and provide feedback and customer options. If they don't immediately have a solution, they are always good about pulling from resources internally and, if required, externally to find one.

Do You Have Questions About Flatbed Shipping?
We've Got Answers.

Shipping your freight using flatbed trailers or other open-deck shipping options isn't always straightforward. So whether you're shipping freight on your own or if you're relying on a carrier for support, you want things done right. To help make sure your freight gets delivered safely, here are some common questions about flatbed shipping.

How Do I Know If The Right Trailer is Being Used to Haul My Freight?

When it comes to shipping open-deck freight, the right trailer makes all the difference. From it fitting on the trailer (as close to legal dimensions as possible) to making sure it's secured properly, how do you know if the right trailer is being used?

What Do I Need to Consider When Shipping Over-Dimensional Freight?

One of the biggest factors that comes into play when shipping over-dimensional freight is what routes you can or cannot take. What types of permits will you need? What else do you need to consider to ensure your freight is delivered safely and on time?

What Can I Do to Protect My Freight During Transport?

Here are seven of the most common, and effective, ways to keep your open-deck freight (no matter what it is) safe during transit. 


What Should I Think About When Choosing a Flatbed Carrier?

Selecting a flatbed trucking company for your business can be difficult. With so many options to choose from, it's natural to feel overwhelmed. Here are the five keys to choosing the right flatbed carrier for you. 

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